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SPRING 2009 

„ Lasell 

Where the Classroom 
Is The Real World 

In this issue 


Message from the President 


College Update 


Laser on Alumni 


New Faces at Lasell 


Connected Learning 


Class Notes 


Campus Update 


Lasell Village 


Alumni Relations 


Major Gifts and Planned Giving 


Annual Fund 



Commencement Speaker 
Marian Heard, CEO and President for 
Oxen Hill Partners of Braintree and former 
CEO of the United Way of New England. 

Marian Heard is a 
leadership expert and 
non-profit executive. 
She currently serves as 
CEO and President for 
Oxen Hill Partners, 
which specializes in 
leadership development 
programs. During her 
tenure in previous positions at the United Way, 
she was known as a champion for youth. 
She will be the commencement speaker and 
honorary degree recipient at Lasell College's 
155th graduation ceremonies on Sunday, 
May 17, 2009. 


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"Connected Learning/Connected Campus" 

Master Plan Developed for Lasell 

Campuses are never static entities. 
They are constantly changing — 
physically, socially, pedagogically, 
even economically. And, a natural 
continuation of the five-year Strategic 
Plan that was developed in the first 
months of President Michael B. 
Alexander's tenure is the introduction 
of a Campus Master Plan. 

"The Master Plan is an opportunity 
to fantasize about how the physical 
campus might change over the next 15 
to 20 years," says President Alexander. 
"The best campuses grow in relation 
to the future academic development 
of the institution. Those that do so 
are able to maintain their historical 
qualities and change by building on 
and enhancing these qualities. As 
undergraduate enrollment increases 
to the projected 1,600 students in 2012, 
the College's physical space needs will 
expand correspondingly." 

In order to assess how to best use the 
existing plant and to augment it for the 
future, Lasell worked with a consulting 
team from four firms. They conducted 
extensive faculty and staff interviews 
and researched and catalogued the 
current physical environment, including 
the landscape, circulation, parking, and 
architecture. The team also analyzed 
existing space usage — the student 
residences, classroom, library, 

administration and faculty offices, 
and athletic space. 

"It was interesting to me that the team 
focused on the landscape first — 
studying the topography and looking for 
a visual focal point that could serve as a 
special place or 'village green,'" says 
President Alexander. "If we were to 
move Case House across the street to an 
empty lot that we own, we would have 

such a space, bookmarked by Carpenter 
and Gardner, two of the College's 
signature buildings." 

The architects also studied how the 
students move across campus. They 
proposed a pedestrian walkway that 
would run from Brennan Library to 
Wolfe and Wass Halls, connecting 
the principle academic buildings. 

continued on page 4 

Lasell College Master Plan 



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new plantings and signage. 

This issue, highlights Susan Carten 
Varga '72 and Meredith Byam Miller '00 

Turn to Page 4. 

Message from the President 

Michael B. Alexander. 

D ear Lasell Community, 

Despite what you may read in the 
newspapers about the effect of the 
dismal economic climate on higher 
education, Lasell College continues not 
only to weather the storm but to gather 
more wind in its sails and become 
stronger by the day. Yes, our 
endowment is down like everybody 
else's, but it has had minimal effect 
on our operating budget. Our spring 
semester enrollments are the highest 

in history and our retention of first-year 
students is the highest in memory. 
We now have more than ioo graduate 
students, a total which is bound to 
climb next fall as our new M.S. in 
Communication program moves into 
full swing (see story p. 19). Applications 
for admission in the fall are again 
running ahead of last year, which 
were up 15% from the year before. 
Applications from outside New England 
and the mid-Atlantic are up 14% and 
international applications are up 22%, 
an encouraging sign for the future. 

Because our student body continues 
to grow, even in these difficult times, 
we need to continue to grow the size 
of our faculty, our institutional aid 
budget, and our residential facilities. 
The two residence halls currently under 
construction — which we have decided 
for now to call East Hall and West 
Hall — are on time and on budget. 
We are budgeting for another substantial 
increase in institutional aid to support 
our students and their families who 
are suffering from current economic 
conditions. And, at a time when other 
institutions are implementing hiring 
and salary freezes, we are hiring at least 
two new faculty members for next year. 

At the same, time we have put aside a 
cash reserve to protect the College in 
the event that the world's financial 
circumstances will cause us to come up 
short on students next year. Although all 
our data is positive at the moment, if 
unemployment rates continue to rise, 
some families may find it difficult to 
fund their fair share of private college 
tuition. In the face of these challenges, 
we intend to keep growing. For that 
reason, this past September we updated 
the Strategic Plan which we had 
developed in Fall 2007 and we went 
on to create a Campus Master Plan, 
which considers- the possibilities for 
the future of the physical campus 15-20 
years from now. In this issue of Leaves, 
you will find an update of the Strategic 
Plan (see story p. 3) and a report on 
the new Campus Master Plan (see 
story p. 1). 

Because the College has been operating 
smoothly and continues to grow 
stronger, we have been able to 
concentrate on planning for the future, 
both for our academic programs and for 
our physical facilities. None of these 
dreams can come true without the 
support of the College's alumni and 
friends. In a year in which many 

colleges will struggle to match annual 
giving totals from last year, we are 
almost certain to surpass last year's 
record results, largely because of the 
Adelaide Van Winkle Annual Fund 
Challenge, which matches all increases 
of at least $100 from prior year 
contributions. Nevertheless, meeting 
our ambitious Annual Fund goal for this 
year will be a challenge in these trying 
times. We greatly appreciate your 
willingness to stretch a little further to 
make sure we take full advantage of the 
opportunity Adelaide has provided us. 

Please find an opportunity to come 
to Reunion or just visit campus any 
time and you too will be able to share 
in the beauty and excitement that is 
Lasell College. 


Michael B. Alexander 

Lasell College Announces the Election of New Board Members 

Board of Trustees 

Rena Faye Clark 

is a Principal of 
Capital Partners, 
a private equity 
^^^ ^^^ firm. She has 

had over 20 
years of general 
management and entrepreneurial 
experience and has served as vice 
president for the Kraft Sports Group 
and the New England Patriots, where 
she oversaw all corporate giving 
activities and strategic community 
initiatives. She has been director and 
chief operating officer for Harvard 
Business School's M.B.A. Program with 
responsibility for admissions, financial 
aid, and all student services. There she 
also worked as part of a leadership team 
that successfully revitalized and grew 
the African American Alumni 
Association and she still serves on 
the organization's board. 

Ms. Clark is a graduate of Lamar 
University in Texas, where she received 
her B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, and 
she received her M.B.A. from Harvard 
University. She has volunteered with a 
number of non-profit organizations and 

was honored by the Johnson Publishing 
Company for her community 
contributions. She is a resident of 
Jamaica Plain, MA. 

Susan M. Moran 

has devoted nearly 
30 years to the 
enrichment of 
children and 
education. While 
raising her family 
of four, she was 
an avid volunteer 

on school boards, local charities, and 

non-profit organizations. 

Ms. Moran served on the board of 
Trinity High School in Manchester, NH 
and was also the co-chairperson of its 
charity auctions for six years. She has 
been on the board and served as a 
trustee of Child & Family Services, the 
oldest charitable organization in New 
Hampshire. She still maintains close 
contact and volunteers at its teen closet, 
which works with at-risk youth. She has 
also given her time to Families in 
Transition, a non-profit organization 
that provides those who are at-risk of 
becoming homeless with safe and 
affordable housing. In addition to her 
volunteer and charitable work, Ms. 

Moran is co-owner of two Sylvan 
Learning Centers in New Hampshire 
that offer supplemental tutoring 
programs for both children and adults. 

Besides bringing her experience in both 
the business and volunteer service to 
Lasell, Ms. Moran is a Lasell parent. 
Her daughter, Kristin, is a sophomore 
who is majoring in Fashion 
Merchandising and is also a member of 
the varsity field hockey team. "I have 
seen through Kristin how the unique 
and interesting programs at Lasell can 
enrich the educational and social 
aspects of a student's life," she says. 

Kathryn E. West 

is Vice President 
of Real Estate 
and Facilities 
at Partners 
System, Inc. where 
she is responsible 
for the strategic 
management of a broad portfolio of 
owned and leased property. She 
oversees the coordination and 
permitting of large-scale development 
projects, planning and construction 
services for member hospitals, and 

professional real estate services, 
including leasing and acquisitions. 

Prior to joining Partners, Ms. West 
was Associate Dean for Operations at 
Harvard Medical School and was 
responsible for the management of all 
campus real estate, off-site commercial 
and residential properties, and the 
administrative services of the research 
and teaching institution. She has also 
served as Director of Real Estate 
Development at the Massachusetts 
Bay Transportation Authority and has 
extensive management experience in a 
variety of public, non-profit, and private 
sector environments. 

Ms. West earned her B.A. in 
Government at Smith College and 
has an M.B.A. from Boston University. 
She is on the Board of Directors 
Management Committee of the National 
Association of Industrial and Office 
Properties, serves on the Board of 
Directors of the Boston Center for the 
Arts, and is an active member of New 
England Women in Real Estate. 

continued on page 3 

2 Lasell Leaves 

Spring 2009 

College Update 

New Horizons for Lasell Trustee 

Dr. Robert Huntington Named 
President of Heidelberg University 

Vision 2012 

This July, Dr. Robert 
Huntington will 
become Heidelberg 
University's fourteenth 
president, bringing a 
combination of higher 
education and 
corporate experience with him to the 
Tiffin, Ohio campus. He was selected for 
his strategic thinking and organizational 
leadership skills, qualities that will 
enable him to take on the future 
challenges facing the University. 

Lasell has been fortunate to have Dr. 
Huntington serve as both an Overseer 
and a Trustee since 1993, lending his 
thoughtful analysis and marketing 
experience to the College. As a Trustee, 
he chaired the Academic Affairs 
committee for eight years and he 
currently chairs the Institutional 
Advancement committee. He is also 
a member of the Finance Committee 
and served on the recent presidential 
search committee. 

During part of this time, he was 
completing his Ed.D. at Harvard 
University's Graduate School of 
Education in Higher Education 
Administration, Planning and Social 
Policy. "I marveled at his ability to juggle 
family, corporate career, and educational 
accomplishment while maintaining his 
valued involvement with Lasell," says 
President Emeritus Tom de Witt. 

Dr. Huntington has worked at Dunkirf 
Brands for more than 22 years. He has 
served as vice president for Enterprise 
Support Services, vice president for 
Organizational Learning and 
Development, vice president for Global 
Integrated Planning and Marketing 
Effectiveness, vice president for 
Business Reinvention and Strategic 
Planning, and vice president for 
Multi-Brand Development. With 
system-wide sales approaching 
$7 billion annually, Dunkin' Brands 
franchises the Dunkirf Donuts and 
Baskin-Robbins brands in nearly 
15,000 locations around the world. 

A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of 
Middlebury College, Dr. Huntington 
earned his Master's degree in German 
Literature from Middlebury's University 
of Mainz (Germany) program, his 
M.B.A. degree from Dartmouth's Tuck 
School of Business, and then continued 
on to Harvard for his Ed.D. degree. 

As his family prepares to transition into 
the Heidelberg community, the entire 
Lasell community wishes Rob all the 
best in his new presidential role. * 

New Board Members Elected 

continued from page 2 


Clara Silsby 
Lamperti '50 has 

always been busy 
and involved: 
with her family, 
in community 
volunteer work, in 
business, and with Lasell. She brings a 
strong and valued alumni voice to the 
Board of Overseers. 

In her youth, Clara had a passion for 
ballet but her parents convinced her to 
enroll at Lasell before deciding her 
future. "It was two years filled with 
growth, learning, and relationships that 
turned into lifelong friendships," she 
recalls. After graduation, she headed to 
New York, took a job at American 
Broadcasting Company, and soon 
married her husband, Bob. The two live 
in Warren, New Jersey and have three 
sons and five grandchildren. 

While raising her family, Clara managed 
to find time to become involved with 
community volunteer work and she lent 
her talents to the United Family and 
Children's Society, to the United Way, 
and to the Washington Rock Girl Scout 
Council for which she served as 
Community Chairman for the city of 
Plainfield, NJ. "It was a time of serious 
racial unrest and riots, an experience 
beyond description, which resulted in 
the integration of schools — a fantastic 
learning experience." 

In 1972, Clara and a friend opened 
a successful consignment shop, 
"Second Time Around," which she 
only recently turned over to her son. 
Lasell is a beneficiary of her retirement 
as she now has time to serve on its 
Board of Overseers. 

College's Strategic Plan 
Reconfirmed and Augmented 

I he Strategic Plan is a living document 
and, this fall, town meetings and a 
two-day weekend meeting were held 
to review, reconfirm, and augment the 
goals that were developed in 2007. The 
group of faculty, staff, students, alumni, 
senior management, Lasell Village 
residents, and Board members 
developed strategies and action plans in 
support of Vision 2012, tried to gain a 
greater understanding of the College 
and its markets, and discussed the idea 
of possibly consolidating the College's 
efforts behind one community service 
or one social justice issue as a way of 
having a greater positive impact. 

Looking at the 2007 plan, the review 
team decided that several areas 
continued to hold true and did not 
require amendment: the strengths and 
weaknesses of the College in relation to 
its competition; the Mission Statement; 
the College's statement of values; and 
the positioning statement, "Where the 
Classroom is the Real World." 

In reviewing the goals of Vision 2012, 
two new ones were added: a capstone 
experience or senior theses in all 
majors; and the optimization of the 
administrative services of the College 
utilizing tools such as a cost efficiency 
study. The group also shared the belief 
that the College needs a new athletic 
facility and that a renovation of the 
existing facility will not be an adequate 
improvement for the cost involved. 

During a brainstorming session about 
the possibility and feasibility of 
consolidating the College's community 
service efforts, the reviewers resolved 
that an audit of community service and 
social justice efforts in the Lasell 
community be performed. Additionally, 
the College will conduct an external 
assessment of the areas of greatest need 
and how they intersect with Lasell' s 
ability to impact them, with the 
expectation that the College may choose 
an issue or service around which to 
consolidate its efforts. 

President Alexander and the strategic planning participants consider some recommendations. 

The group reviewed the 

• Promote and meet the Van Winkle 

short-term objectives from 

challenge by June 2009 

last year and determined 

• Complete a cost efficiency study 

that each objective was 

by July 2009 

completed or well on the 

• Have a plan in place for a new 

way to completion. They 
then developed a new list 

athletic facility, including a funding 
plan by March 2010 

of short-term objectives 

• Implement institutionally consistent 

that when achieved over 
the next 12- to 18-months 

capstone experiences across all 
majors by September 2010 

would advance the College 
toward Vision 2012. 

• Improve career development 
services to better serve 
undergraduate and graduate 

students and alumni by June 2010 

Spring 2009 

Lasell Leaves \ 






Endless Possibilities 

Hard Work and Serendipity Define 
Career of Susan Carten Varga '72 

An Entrepreneur with Strong Fashion Sense 

Meredith Byam Miller '00 Makes 
Mark with Vintage Clothing Store 

You never know." smiles Susan 
Carten Varga '72. "Always go on 
an interview." 

Using this rule of thumb in 1997, 
Susan met Lawrence Kudlow, the 
economist, television personality, and 
columnist, and has been working for 
him ever since. 

"It was a leap for me. I had been 
employed by Martha Stewart as her 
personal appearance and lecture 
coordinator and, although I had studied 
finance, working for an economist 
seemed like a 180 degree turn. But, it's 
been very exciting and I've been there as 
Larry has achieved his goals — to have a 
syndicated column, a radio show, a TV 
show, and to own his own company." 

Susan is now Chief Operating Officer 
of Kudlow & Company with an 
exciting and exhausting job description. 
"Besides having an active role in the 
company, I help run Larry's life, 
I am the liaison with the TV and radio 
production staffs, and help organize 
speaking engagements. Larry is very 
connected with Wall Street and 
Washington, so I've even found 
myself organizing many White 
House briefings." 

When Susan enrolled at Lasell in 1970 
she wasn't sure what she wanted to do. 
"I decided to attend a two year college 
because I thought it would give me time 
to figure out my direction. I found 
myself in a nurturing, positive 
environment and I thrived." 

After graduating, Susan went on to the 
University of Rhode Island, received 
her B.S. in Finance, and started work 
in properly management. But this was 
just the beginning. 

"By accident, I got into modeling," she 
recalls. "I had a friend who suggested 
I try it and my start came when a model 
for a shoe commercial, who happened 
to have the same shoe size as me, 
broke her leg. From then on I took 
on modeling jobs when I could take 
the time away from my 'regular* job. 

"When the agency suggested putting 
my name in for the Miss Rhode Island 
contest, I said, 'No, this is not the 
direction I want to go in.' But, they 
convinced me to go ahead because we 
all agreed there was no way I was going 
to win. Well, I won and off I went to the. 
Miss U.S.A. pageant." 

(L to R) Lauren Suzanne Varga '05 and 
Susan Carten Varga 'j2 make a great 
mother-daughter team. 

Soon after, Susan got married, moved to 
Connecticut, and eventually started her 
own bookkeeping business. 

"One of my clients was Martha 
Stewart's brother," she recalls, "and 
this led to my career taking a new turn. 
I began answering her fan mail and 
soon started working for her full time." 

In 1997, a headhunter contacted Susan 
about a job with Tommy Hilfiger but 
both decided this was a conflict of 
interest with her employment with 
Martha Stewart. It was then that the 
headhunter proposed an interview with 
Larry Kudlow, and she has worked with 
him ever since. 

Susan has two children and when her 
daughter, Lauren, was deciding on 
colleges, Susan recommended she 
consider Lasell. "I said to her, 'Just look 
at it.' I think she is similar to me and 
I thought it would be a good fit. 

"On our campus visit I was so 
impressed by the College's growth — it 
has done this in a good way, not losing 
any of its values or its feeling of close 

I couldn't have been prouder when 
Lauren graduated magna cum laude 
in 2005. Like me, I think Lasell gave 
her a chance to grow, figure things 
out, and be prepared for whatever 
comes along." ft' 

"Sard work and a keen eye for fashion 
account for the success of Meredith 
Byam Miller 'oo's consignment and 
vintage clothing store, "Poor Little Rich 
Girl," that is located in a 4750 foot space 
in Davis Square in Somerville, MA. It's 
no accident that the shop was voted the 
Boston Phoenix's "Best 08" and Boston 
Magazine's "Best of Boston" 2007. "I've 
come a long way since I started in a tiny 
location in 2002. No two days are alike, 
I love what I do, and I'm inspired by it," 
says Meredith. 

A Fashion major, Meredith transferred 
to Bentley College in the middle of her 
course of study and then returned to 
Lasell. "I had an eclectic education," she 
recalls. "I took a lot of business classes 
at Bentley and when I re-enrolled at 
Lasell I was older than the typical 
student. I approached my studies with a 
different attitude, something that was 
immediately recognized by Fashion 
Professor Jill Carey. She intuitively knew 
what I needed and her Fashion History 
class piqued my interest. She got me 
energized and with what I learned I can 
now look at a piece of clothing and date 
it immediately — an invaluable talent 
for the business I'm in." 

During her last three semesters at 
Lasell, Meredith worked part-time at a 
consignment shop and took a full-time 
job there after graduating. "My parents 

A vintage Adolfo hat is among the many 
treasures at Meredith Byam Miller's "Poor 
Little Rich Girl." 

encouraged me to open my own store. 
My heart wasn't totally into design, 
I knew I had good marketing and 
management skills, and so I decided 
to give it a try. Four and a half years 
later I could afford to move to a bigger 
space and I love the Davis Square 
neighborhood — it's trendy, bohemian 
and diverse, which fits the feel of 
the store." 

With the Davis Square store successfully 
and firmly established, Meredith opened 
a second shop at 166 Newbury Street in 
Boston this December. "So far so good," 
she smiles, m 

TO read more about Meredith and "Poor Little Rich Girl" go to: 

Master Plan Developed for Lasell 

continued from page 7 

Further, they suggested beautifying 
Woodland Road, sinking the utility lines, 
and adding plantings. 

"There's a lot of ambition and cost in the 
plan," says President Alexander. "But, it's 
important to have a dream. If you don't 
have a dream, how can you expect your 
dream to come true?" 

The proposed plan, which has been 
approved by the Board of Trustees, 
contains suggestions for improvements 
over the course of the next 20 years in 
five-year increments. Its key elements are: 

• Establish gateways 

• Create a strong pedestrian circulation 
infrastructure and experience 

• Create iconic buildings and 
signature open spaces 

• Support the use of outdoor open 
spaces with an architectural program 

• Create a mixed-use layout 
of buildings 

• Locate parking lots at extreme 
edges of the campus or under 
new buildings when possible 

Several of the recommendations for the 
first five years are currently underway: 
the completion of two new residence 
halls on Woodland Road; the 
installation of new signage on 
Commonwealth Avenue; and the 
renovation of the McClelland Hall 
entry into an additional Fitness Center 
(see stoiy p. 19). r 

Lasell Leaves 

Spring 2009 

New Faces 

Fuss Center Director Appointed 

Dr. joann Montepare sees Center 
as Signature Piece for Lasell 

A Welcoming Presence 

Pamela Faria is New Executive 
Assistant to the President 

This is the time to be working 
in the field of aging," says Dr. Joann 
Montepare, Lasell's new Director of the 
RoseMary B. Fuss Center for Research 
on Aging and Intergenerational Studies. 
"And, arriving at the Fuss Center at this 
point in my career fits me perfectly both 
professionally and personally. The stars 
must have been lined up to give me this 
opportunity to conduct research, teach, 
and be part of this living, thriving, 
academic community." 

Dr. Montepare comes to Lasell from 
Emerson College, where she served on 
the faculty for ten years, most recentiy 
as Professor of Psychology and Chair of 
Marketing Communication. She held 
prior faculty appointments at Tufts 
University, Brandeis University, and 
Wellesley College. 

Her research on social perception has 
examined how age-related qualities of 
people's faces, voices, and bodies impact 
impressions and interaction. And, 
through her work on self-perception, 
she has explored the "paradox of age" — 
why the young feel old and the old 
feel young. 

Dr. Montepare has been published in 
a number of journals, including 
Psychology and -Aging, Journal of Clinical 
Geropsychology, and Journal of Adult 
Development. She has been the principal 
investigator or co-investigator on 

Director of the RoseMary B. Fuss Center for 
Research on Aging and Intergenerational 
Studies Joann Montepare. 

various private and federal grants, and 
she serves on the editorial boards of the 
International Journal of Aging and 
Human Development and the Journal of 
Adult Development. She is the associate 
editor for special issues for the Journal 
of Nonverbal Behavior. 

Dr. Montepare received her Ph.D. in 
Social Developmental Psychology from 
Brandeis University, her Master's in 
Psychology from SUNY New Paltz, 
and her Bachelor's in Biology and 
Psychology from Smith College. As 
Director of the Fuss Center, she will 
play a leadership role in expanding and 
capitalizing upon Lasell's resources in 
the area of intergenerational research 
across the lifespan. 

There is such a feeling of excitement 
and enthusiasm on this campus," says 
Pam Faria, President Alexander's new 
Executive Assistant and Assistant Clerk 
of the Lasell College, Lasell Village, 
and Lasell, Inc. Boards. "I was struck 
immediately by Lasell's sense of 
community and from my first day I 
have had a sense of comfort and fit." 

Returning to Boston has been a 
homecoming for Pam, who grew up in 
Connecticut and graduated from 
Northeastern. "I have a strong feeling of 
reconnection and I am delighted to be 
back," she enthuses. 

Pam comes to Lasell from Cabrini 
College in Radnor, PA, where she 
was Executive Assistant to the President 
and Secretary of the Corporation. 
She was also coordinator for a lengthy 
strategic planning process there, 
similar to what President Alexander 
undertook in 2007. In addition, 
Pam was involved in special project 
management, constituent relations, 
and marketing and communications 
and still managed to find time to earn 
her M.S. in Organizational Leadership. 

In total, Pam has more than 30 years 
experience in higher education 
administration. Prior to working at 
Cabrini, she held such positions as Vice 
President of Operations at the Maryland 

Executive Assistant to the President 
Pamela Faria. 

Institute College of Art in Baltimore, 
Vice President for Administrative 
Services at Knox College in Galesburg, 
Illinois, and Assistant Vice President for 
Administrative Affairs at the University 
of Florida in Gainesville. 

"There is a tremendously supportive 
culture here at Lasell and I look forward 
to lending my experience and 
perspective to the College," she says. '« 

Vice President for Business and Finance 

Dr. Michael J. Hoyle Brings Breadth of Experience, 
Energy, and Enthusiasm 

Vice President for Business and Finance 
Michael J. Hoyle. 

I his September, Dr. Michael J. Hoyle 
arrived on campus as the Vice President 
for Business and Finance and will 
serve as the College's Chief Financial 
Officer, responsible for managing 
all funds and securities of the 
College and for the stewardship . 
of College resources. 

He takes on the role of leadership, 
direction, strategic planning, and 
coordination for the Business and 
Finance Department, the Department of 
Plant Operations and Public Safety, the 
Department of Information Technology, 
Human Resources, and the Lasell 
Village Business Office. 

Dr. Hoyle comes to Lasell from the 
Massachusetts Department of 

Education, where he held the position 
of Associate Vice Commissioner for 
Fiscal and Administrative Policy. 
Prior to that he served first as Interim 
President and then President of 
Mcintosh College in Dover, New 
Hampshire, a private two-year associate 
degree granting institution owned by 
Career Education Corporation (CEC). 
CEC decided to close Mcintosh College, 
along with several other institutions 
nationwide as part of a "strategic plan" 
to concentrate resources. 

"Michael was applauded by the Board of 
Trustees at Mcintosh for having done 
an excellent job working under difficult 
conditions," says President Alexander. 
"We are extremely pleased to welcome 
him to Lasell's management team." 

Earlier in his career, Dr. Hoyle served 
first as Director of Finance and then 
Chief Financial Officer for the 
Massachusetts campuses of the 
University of Phoenix. He has held 
administrative and finance positions at 
Harvard Business School and New York 
University. He served for seven years as 
a member of the Board of Trustees at 
Roxbury Community College until he 
stepped down in August 2008. 

Dr. Hoyle holds a Ph.D. from New York 
University in Higher Education 
Administration, a Master's in Public 
Administration from the University 
of Massachusetts/Amherst, and a 
Bachelor of Science in Accountancy 
from Bentley College. 

Spring 2009 

Lasell Leaves "\ 

Connected Learning 

Lending a Critical Eye 

Journalism Students Mentor at Boston Globe's 
"Teens in Print" 

■ elp me find a headline!" called out 
an aspiring journalist. It was deadline 
day at "Teens in Print (T.i.P.)," the 
newspaper written by and for teens in 
Boston's public high schools, and five 
Lasell journalism students were in 
residence to serve as mentors, editors, 
wordsmiths. and to lend their assistance. 

T.i.P. is sponsored by The Boston Globe 
Foundation and WriteBoston, a citywide 
initiative whose goal is to improve the 
writing proficiency of Boston's high 
school students. Marie Franklin, Lasell's 
Visiting Professor of Journalism, is the 
founding editor of T.i.P. and has worked 
as an editor and writer for the Boston 
Globe for over 20 years. 

When Professor Franklin started 
teaching Journalism at Lasell last fall, 
the idea of creating a mentoring 
program, seemed natural. "Immediately 
Geoff Caravella '10, Loren Grimes '09, 
Marisa Mastrianno '09, Laura 
Notarangelo '09, and Shannon Thomas 

'09, were interested and 
I knew that they and the 
teens would connect. 
The Lasell mentors would 
give the teens confidence 
in their abilities and 
vice versa. Confidence 
builds success." 

"The first week we went 

to the Globe I was worried 

that the kids would be 

smarter than me," 

confesses Geoff. "But as 

I worked with the teens 

I discovered that they all 

had an idea of what they 

wanted to do and my job 

was to help them focus, suggest 

research possibilities, or maybe work on 

the introductory paragraph with them." 

"I was impressed by the level of interest 
the teens had and their dedication," 
recalls Laura. "The program is open to 
any high school student and they come 

Lasell Mentors (L to R) Laura Notarangelo 'og, Geoff 
Caravella '10, Shannon Thomas 'og, Marisa Mastrianno 
'og, and Loren Grimes 'og arrive at the Globe. 

to the Globe every Tuesday and 
Thursday where they work to put 
out five issues a year of T.i.P. It's a 
way for them to express their 
opinions and thoughts and they 
are a talented group." e 

Hello Classes from the '6os, '70s, and '8os 

Marketing Research Class Conducts Survey 
to Learn Alumni Preferences and Attitudes 

H roposals were laid out on the table, 
and the students in Dr. Hector Iweka's 
Marketing Research class were 
professionally dressed and ready to 
make a presentation to the Alumni 
Relations and Career Services staff. 
"I wanted the members of the class to 
consider themselves actual research 
consultants who were taking on a 
project for a client," says Dr. Iweka. 

"When I learned that Alumni Relations 
wanted to develop a database of alumni 
from the 1960s, '70s, and '80s for the 
purposes of networking, mentoring, and 
garnering internships for graduating 
students, I saw it as a unique connected 
learning opportunity and as a 
challenge," he continues. "The database 
needs to be two-fold — to contain 
updated business information on Lasell 
alumni as well as data on how these 
alumni might be willing to help 
students. The class was presented with 
a problem statement and it was up to 
them to develop a plan." 

The proposal that the class presented 
was carefully thought out and covered 
background investigation, the research 
objectives, research methodology, and 
the means of research reporting. It also 

The entire Marketing Research class, Dr. Hector Iweka, and members of the Alumni 
Relations and Career Services staff. 

listed the quantitative and qualitative 
questions that alumni would be asked. 

Lasell Overseer Sharon K. LeVan '66, 
who is a former Senior Vice President 
of Marketing at both Estee Lauder and 
Max Factor, offered to contribute her 
marketing and consumer research 
expertise and volunteered to review the 
survey questions. 

"No one has done this before," says 
Alumni Liaison Patti Beck Bishop '97, 
"so we don't know what to expect. 
There will probably be bumps and 
bruises along the way, but the 
professionalism of the class impressed 
us all and we are looking forward to 
analyzing their results." «• 

Teens in Print 
A Learning 

By Shannon Thomas '09 

took a lot away from being a 
mentor at Teens in Print (T.i.P.), 
some of it unexpected. I learned 
about the challenges Boston public 
high school students face every day. 
As a student who attended a public 
high school — not even close to 
Boston — that had campus police 
in the hallways, it was interesting for 
me to hear that the concerns and 
issues this group faced were the 
same ones I had. 

Shannon Thomas (left) 'og works 
on a story with a T.i.P. student. 

These teens don't have the luxury of 
switching schools and heading to 
the suburbs. Instead, they use their 
writing skills to be proactive and try 
to invoke change through their 
stories. The teens regularly question 
administrator and school district 
decisions and sometimes even 
those of other adults, which can 
make life hard for them because 
they are "teen" aged. 

The students in T.i.P conduct their 
own research, interview subjects by 
themselves, and write their own 
stories. T.i.P is an example of 
journalism at its best: they 
investigate issues that affect their 
peers and continually ask, "Why?" 

The T.i.P staff is the voice for Boston 
high school students including 
those who feel they are ignored and 
distrusted by adults. Their passion 
for journalism and dedication to 
T.i.P is captivating and an outlet for 
them to express their concerns. 

I am extremely grateful to have 
been a part of this publication. The 
motivation, talent, and dedication 
of this group to provide a voice for 
Boston area teens is inspiring, r 

Lasell Leaves 

Spring 2009 

Connected Learning 

Charting Lead-Based Paint Hot Spots 

Leadership Class Works with Environmental Protection Agency 

I wanted to involve my sophomore 
leadership class in a project where they 
could go into the field, do research, 
submit their findings and see their 
results at the end of the semester," 
says Professor of Environmental Policy 
Aaron Toffler. "Things fell into place 
when, through community contacts, 
I was able to link the class to the 
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) 
and a lead-based paint study they were 
doing in Roxbury." 

Early in the semester an EPA program 
director visited the class to train the 
group on how to use a visual assessment 
tool. By filling out a check list, the 
students were taught how to look at a 
home to see if it might be a possible hot 
spot, record their findings, and submit 
their data to the Geographic Information 
System (GIS). 

"It was an exercise in group leadership," 
says Professor Toffler. "I wanted to see 


inn If" 

Stephen Petrin '11 and Melanie Costa '11 review the data they have collected for the EPA. 

how they managed themselves and I 
knew talking to home owners about the 
importance of lead paint testing would 
be a challenge." 

"We found that it was easy to delegate 
among ourselves," recalls Andrew Mayer 
'ii, "but we weren't well received in the 
neighborhood. We had information 

sheets that we handed out, but people 
were more concerned with drug use and 
violence than lead paint." 

"Going into Roxbury, seeing the reality 
of how others live, and realizing that 
their house could be harming them was 
a rude awakening for me," says Krysten 
Augello 'n. "The majority of the homes 
we looked at were multi-family, many 
with three or more families living there. 
If that house is at risk there are many 
people who are threatened." 

In December, the GIS produced a map 
that showed the impact of the class's 
data collection. "It was gratifying to 
know that because of our efforts the 
EPA now knows where to focus their 
resources," says Professor Toffler. 

The Power of Film 

Honors Class Addresses Social Issues Through Video 

Amanda Erickson '12 shows one of the 
spoon bracelets that her group designed. 

= hink about a social issue that 
means a lot to you and design a 
garment or an ornament that is relevant 
to this cause." 

This was the first part of the assignment 
that Anthropology and Humanities 
Professor Hortense Gerardo presented 
to her freshman Honors class titled 
"Custom, Costume and Culture." The 
second half was to create a video that 
showcased the issue. 

"I knew I was challenging them. 
Making a video is not easy. They had 
to come up with the concept, work 
cohesively in groups, and understand 
all the components that go into a 

documentary. I held two video 
technology sessions with the class 
and we went over story boarding. 
Then they were on their own. I was 
impressed not only by the quality of 
the films that they produced but also 
by the variety of causes they chose, 
and the representational pieces that 
they designed." 

"In my group we are all athletes and 
runners," says Danielle Drapeau '12, 
"A concern we have is traffic safety at 
night as we jog. We did some research 
on bio-luminescence and designed an 
outfit called 'Lite Gear' that reflects in 
the dark. We were pleased with the way 
our outfit turned out but when it came 
to making the video we discovered that 
filming at night comes with its own set 
of problems." 

In response to the narrow window 
of acceptable body types promoted in 
the fashion industry another group 
designed a one-size-fits-all skirt. 
"We thought this truly represented the 
issue of culture and costume," says 
Christine Thornton '12. "Girls get the 
wrong image. They think they have to 
be super skinny and we thought that if 
we could design a skirt that was classy 
and sophisticated and would fit any 
body type we would show that everyone 
is beautiful." 

"Spoons for Starvation" was the title of 
another group's project. "We came up 
with the idea of bending spoons into 
bracelets," said Amanda Erickson '12. 
"Food is an issue for so many groups: 
the homeless, adolescents with eating 
disorders, people in third world 
countries who can't get enough food. 
The sale of our simple silver spoons 
would be a way to raise money — buy a 
spoon and give a person a meal." 

For the December Symposium, 
the class's videos were edited into a 

50-minute film titled The Virtual Runway 
Project. "The students really came 
through," exclaims Professor Gerardo. 
"I edited the projects into six areas: 
Eco-chic, Poverty and Hunger, Violence, 
Health Issues, and Body Awareness. The 
images that the students projected are 
very powerful and the end result shows 
how well they worked together in their 
groups. We raised enough money at the 
Symposium auction from the pieces they 
created to make a donation to both the 
Susan G. Komen Fight to Cure Breast 
Cancer and Project Bread." > 

Christine Thornton '12 demonstrates to Professor Gerardo how her one-size-fits-all skirt works. 

Spring 2009 

Lasell Leaves 7 

Connected Learning 

Students Seek Inspiration from Lasell Costume Collection 

Fashion Goes "Green" 

One might think of recycling or 
conserving energy, when they consider 
Going Green, but in a fashion sense, 
the term is different. 

Lasell fashion students took on their 
own "green" project this fall based on 
an exhibit of female fashion presented 
by Professors Lynn Blake and Jill Carey, 
at the Boston Public Library during 
Fashion Week. 

The professors chose pieces from 
Lasell's Historical Clothing Collection, 
dating from the Victorian era through 
the 1980s, that highlighted the 
symbolic use of green relating to 
prevailing trends, social modes, and 
the psychological functions of color. 
At the conclusion of Fashion Week, 
the exhibit returned to Lasell and 
students studying Fashion History used 
the examples as inspiration for their 
own interpretation of green. Their final 
designs were presented at the December 
Connected Learning Symposium. 

"The students were very creative and 
took some interesting approaches to the 
green concept," says Professor Carey. 
"They were divided into three separate 
research and design teams and the 
results were impressive." 

(L to R) Erin Haggerty '10, Nerissa 
Jackson '11, Meredith Goldstein '11, and 
Ammar Zakieh '10 created a dress made 
from hemp/silk bamboo with an historic 
inspiration from Renaissance detailing and 
1950s cocktail dresses. 

One design used a light green fabric 
with eco-conscious bamboo, another 
used recycled paper and other materials 
in a yellow design, and a third piece 
combined a vintage fabric with recycled 
paper labels in an emerald green color 
scheme. Each team wrote a written 
summary of their research, design 
process, and reflections. 

"The focus was to create garments that 
combined social awareness, cultural 
creativity and style to promote the 
impact of recent concerns that support 
eco-friendly fashion. The project gave 
the students a chance to explore and 
blend historical fashion elements with 
today's societal characteristics," says 
Professor Carey, i' 

Fashion Students Think Globally 

Repurposing Pillowcases for 
African Children 

It all started when Professor Anne 
Vallely wanted her visual merchandizing 
students to join the "green campus" ' 
effort. But her idea had a more global 
reach. "I tried to think of something 
related to what was going on with 
repurposing and to do something that 
was beneficial for others. Then I heard 
of 'Little Dresses for Africa,' a non-profit 
organization whose mission is to provide 
relief to children in Central Africa." 

One way to accomplish this is by 
distributing little dresses to orphan 
girls in the remote villages of Malawi. 
The Little Dresses patterns only require 
a pillowcase. 

"I gave the students the instructions 
and they really embraced the idea," said 
Vallely. "The students felt they would 
really be helping somebody. Some 
students made three, four, or even 
five dresses. It really worked for a 
community service project, which 
is sometimes difficult for fashion 
merchandising classes," she added. 

The students not only welcomed the 
idea of making the dresses, but they also 
volunteered to make a display window 
in Edwards Hall showcasing the dresses. 
"I enjoyed working on this very much. 

Fashion Merchandising majors Maura 
Keating '11, Vicky Anson 'og, and Brianne 
Kujawski '11 set up the Little Dresses for 
Africa display. 

I love to create a visually appealing 
display, and highlighting a good cause 
made it that much more satisfying," 
said Vicky Anson '09, a student in 
Vallely's class. 

The students shipped the dresses 
to Africa, but the project didn't stop 
there. This semester, Vallely promoted 
the project further and collected 
additional gently worn pillowcases 
to make more dresses. * 

Five Lasell Students enter "Project Mozart" 

Boston Symphony Orchestra Sponsors Fashion Design Competition 

lVhile classical music fans listened 
to the soothing strands of Mozart at 
Boston's Symphony Hall this February, 
they were also treated to a visual display 
of design creations made by fashion 
students from the area that were 
inspired by the musician. "Project 
Mozart" was a fashion design 
competition sponsored by the Boston 
Symphony Orchestra and is part of 
their new initiative called Symphony +, 
which provides concert-enhancing 
experiences featuring visual arts, 
as well as food and literature. 

Out of the 11 total student designers 
chosen from the first round of selection, 
five were from Lasell. Christian DiPietro 
'10, Emily Hancock '09, April LeBlanc 
'09, Charles Neumann '11, and 
Rheanna Oliver- Palanca '11 each 
created stunning original designs that 
were tied to the composer in unique 
and different ways. 

Lasell students first learned of the 
contest over the January break and 

began work immediately. "We opened 
up the competition to any interested 
students," says Fashion Design 
Professor Lynn Blake. "The entrants 
produced a statement of how their 
designs had been inspired by the music 
of Mozart as well as sketches for a 
maximum of three original designs." 

"I connected Mozart's musical style 
with fashions from this period and used 
this information in my design piece," 
says Emily Hancock. "Specifically this 
garment is related to Mozart's 
composition, "Allegro," with its light 
and whimsical sounds that remind me 
of the playful attitude toward fun and 
games that were so much a part of the 
Rococo period." 

Many College faculty, students, and staff 
attended the last of the three Mozart 
performances and witnessed with great 
pride the astounding work of the Lasell 
contestants. Charles Newman's dress, a 
garment that combined a dramatic 
draped skirt with a beaded corset 

Waiting for the judges to announce the winners are Christian DiPietro '10 (partially 
obscured), the model wearing his creation, April LeBlanc 'og, the model wearing her 
garment, and Charles Neumann '11, and the model wearing his design. 

bodice, was chosen by the judges as one 
of their top three favorites. 

"I've been working on this every day 
since New Years," he smiles. 

"Commitment is key and I am very 
proud of being part of the Lasell team 
which manifested such an incredible 
quality of work." I 


Lasell Leaves 

Spring 2009 

Connected Learning 

Day at Boys' Home in Orizaba 

Love and Success in Hard Circumstances 

Tucked in between the Shoulder to 
Shoulder Program's first week in 
Coatepec and its second in Orizaba, 
the group spends a day at a boys' home 
that has been run by Friar Jose Maceda 
Flores since the 1980s. "This is the 
fourth year we have visited and the 
home is a true example of community, 
family, love, and the ability to overcome 
hardships," says On-Site Coordinator 
Lydia Pittman. 

The boys come from abusive situations, 
have been abandoned, or are sent 
there by social service agencies. 
"Some just show up on the doorstep," 
explains Lydia. 

The home does not receive funding 
from the church or any non-profit 
organization. Friar Jose raises money by 
going to the market on Saturday and 
Sunday and asking for donations and 
food. "They are literally living hand to 
mouth," explains Lydia. "They have so 
little but they are respectful to each 
other. They destroy all stereotypes. The 
home is an example of love and success 
in dire circumstances." 

"I was shocked when we first arrived," 
says Elementary Education major Molly 
Donabedian '10. "I thought it would be 
different and it took me out of my 

Friar Jose Maceda Flores pauses with (L to R) Ginelle Gaulin-McKenzie '10, Molly 
Donabedian '10, Kayla Lee '10 and Rachel Craft 'og, who are having fun with a pet rooster. 

comfort zone. There are 36 boys there 
and they live in three bedrooms — 
some just sleep on mattresses. But they 
are happy and carefree and they made a 
tremendous effort while we visited." 

The Lasell group set to work painting 
the dining room and the walls of the 
courtyard but there was plenty of time 
to just hang out with the boys. "We were 
all shy at first but we sang songs around 
the piano and soon everyone was 
shouting out requests," recalls Molly. 

"With little Spanish, it is hard to 
communicate with the boys," she 
continues, "but I had a wonderful time 
with Pablo, who was the youngest. He 
was fascinated by my digital camera so 
I taught him how to take pictures and 
review them. He took the camera and 
went off for a half hour. It was so 
refreshing to watch him have such a 
good time." «' 

By Aaron Toffler, Associate Professor of 

I his past January, I was fortunate 
enough to have been invited to 
participate in Lasell's International 
Service Learning trip to Coatepec, 
Mexico. I was asked to join the group 
because I am interested in starting 
such a program next year in Ecuador 
and needed to "learn the ropes." 

Working with the College's non-profit 
partners in Coatepec and alongside 
community members, our Lase 
contingent was there to build (or start 
to build) a home for one of the 
residents of the community. The work 
was grueling (this was not your typical 
Spring Break trip), but Lasell students 
did it with great dedication and no 
complaint. None of us had any 
experience with this type of work; 
we simply followed the lead of the 
community-members who knew 
what they were doing. 

As a practicing lawyer who has spent 
the majority of my career working with 
low-income communities to solve 
environmental problems, it felt familiar 

to be following the lead of the locals 
in addressing the needs of their 
community. We were not there to be 
the "saviors" from the States, but 
rather to assist community members 
to achieve the goals that they had 
arrived at on their own and, hopefully, 
to learn something in the process. 
The same holds true in working with 
"environmental justice" communities 
in this country. People from outside the 
community can offer assistance, but 
the local population is the expert in 
what problems need to be addressed 
and what is the best way to address 
them. Indeed, this is the only way to 
do effective community work. 

So, what did I learn in Mexico? 
I learned that Lasell has a robust 
International Service learning program 
that adds great value to a Lasell 
education. I learned that students 
and faculty who participate in these 
programs are forever enriched and 
changed by the experience. I learned 
the right proportion of sand, water and 
cement mix required to produce the 

Professor Aaron Toffler and Molly 
Donabedian '10 take a short break 
from their construction work. 

perfect cement. I learned home 
remedies for asthma and muscle 
pain. I learned about the 
economics of the coffee and 
sugar cane industries. And I 
learned that International Service 
learning programs leave a more 
lasting impression on the visiting 
students and professors than on 
the host community. I know it 
is an experience that I will not 
soon forget. 

Mexico's Long 
Lasting Power 

by Aida Mejia '07 

olunteering and 
community service 
have always been an important 
part of my life but Shoulder to 
Shoulder is really what reaffirmed 
my passion. I was a senior the 
year I went to Mexico and I was 
trying to figure out the direction 
my career was going. The trip 
confirmed my decision to enter 
the non-profit world. 

My time in Mexico was two weeks 
of something I love to do. It's 
difficult to pinpoint one thing that 
impacted me the most. The overall 
welcoming attitude of people we 
were serving is definitely something 
that has never left me. They were 
thankful regardless of how big or 
small our help was. And I think 
that's very symbolic of what 
community service is all about — 
you give what you can and hope it 
makes a difference for someone. 

One of Aida Mejia 'oy's happiest 
Shoulder to Shoulder memories is 
being surrounded by smiling children. 

One special moment that I hold 
close to my heart is my 22nd 
birthday which happened during the 
trip. I remember being on the work 
site sweaty and covered in dirt, 
when a group of about ten children 
from the elementary school we'd 
visited earlier surprised me by 
singing "Happy Birthday" in 
Spanish. To this day that is the best 
birthday present I've ever received. 

I am now in Washington D.C. 
working for Junior Achievement, a 
non-profit organization that brings 
financial literacy and economics 
education programs to schools for. 
grades K-12. Working on the 
development side is certainly 
different than what I experienced 
while in Mexico, but the relevance 
is still there. If Lasell extended the 
Shoulder to Shoulder trip to alumni, 
I guarantee I would be the first in 
line to sign up." i 

Spring 2009 

Lasell Leaves Q 

Connected Learning 

Lasell's Links to Habitat for Humanity Grow 

Pitching In 

Honors Class Works on Vineyard 

Vf e got blisters, mosquito bites, and 
sore arms and backs," laughs Pearlie 
Aviles 'n, "But seeing what we had 
done in a short amount of time was a 
great feeling." 

Pearlie was one of 18 students in 
Mathematics Professor Neil Hatem's 
Honors 205 class that traveled to 
Martha's Vineyard to work at the Long 
Point Reservation and for Habitat for 
Humanity. They were joined by Amy 
Greene, the student program 
coordinator for Lasell's Center for 
Community-Based Learning. 

"The focus of the class is leadership and 
the skills and responsibilities that come 
with it," explains Professor Hatem. "The 
trip to the Vineyard gave the group the 
opportunity to work as a unit towards a 
common goal while providing a service 
to a community." 

The students climbed aboard the ferry 
on Friday morning and headed to the 
Long Point Reservation. They were put 
to work raking, digging, and doing 
restoration projects and, as they put 

their backs into it, their inhibitions as 
a group began to disappear. 

"It's hard to know what to expect when 
you take a group of students and put 
them to work together," says Johanna 
Heeren 'n. "I got to know people 
better and I think everyone was very 
open and accepting of everyone else. 
We didn't really have to try and include 
people because we all just kind of 
came together." 

On Saturday, the group got up early 
and headed to a Habitat for Humanity 
house. Foam core and insulation were 
the materials of the day. "I didn't really 
think that I would be capable of 
helping, and thought I might get in the 
way," confesses Sam Marquis 'n. "But 
we were taught exactly what to do and I 
soon realized that I could be a big help." 

It was dirty and difficult but the group 
was undaunted. "It was the highlight 
of my weekend — scrapes, bruises, 
caulking and all," says Danielle Gilfillan 
'n. "Anything that won't come off my 
clothes just shows the work 
I put in." 

Ready to work are (Front row, L to R) Pearlie Aviles '11, Ally Fox '11, Kerith Seitsinger 'u, 
Professor Neil Hatem, Sam Marquis '11, Bri Kujawski '11, Emilie Boucher '11, Kaley 
Maguire '11. (Back row, L to R) Neil Greene, April McGrath '11, Sarah Meyers '11, Student 
Program Coordinator Amy Greene, Janice Cooper '11, Kelly Silvia '11, Boh Miola '11, 
Johanna Heeren '11, Danielle Cote '11, Stephanie Ballou '11, Kyle Hermenegildo '11, 
Danielle Gilfillan '11, Heather Chalone '11. 

The husband of the young couple who 
would be living in the house was there, 
working alongside the students. "I loved 
that we got to meet at least part of the 
family that was moving in. It made it 
seem more real and we all got right into 
the job and everyone worked together," 
says April McGrath 'n. "We all knew 
we had a common goal and we worked 

hard. The trip influenced me to 
continue to do community service 
in the future." * 

Community Connection 

Students Work at Habitat's First House in Newton 

It's Build Day!" exclaimed Michelle 
Krasodomski '10. 

She and six other Lasell students 
(Ginelle Gaulin-McKenzie '10, Seth 
Mantie '10, Meghan Rosin '10, Lindsey 
Barrows 'n, Erica Zompa '09 and 
Andrew Cass '10), Student Program 
Coordinator for the Center for 
Community-Based Learning Amy 
Greene, and Americorps-'Vista 
volunteer Nyndia Diligent '08 were 
the team that headed to Newton's first 
Habitat for Humanity project. "We're 
not experienced builders, but we're 
willing to learn and ready to pitch in," 
says Michelle. 

Andrew Cass '10 holds the grey board in 
place while Erica Zompa 'og drills. 

Habitat contacted Amy Greene who 
posted the opportunity on myLasell. 
"Michelle called me immediately and 
spearheaded our effort. She chose the 
December date and, with the help of 
Meghan Rosin, fundraised for the 
project, including the profitable sale 
of holiday cards," recalls Amy. 

Upon arriving at the two-family house, 
the group was assigned the task of 
putting sheetrock up on the second 
floor's ceiling. "I think we spent most 
of our time with our hands over our 
heads," laughs Ginelle. "But before we 
got that far we had to measure the 
sheets exactly so they would fit. The 
math side of our brains were just as 
important as our muscles." 

The group worked tirelessly and was 
undaunted by the cold December day. 
"The students came from different 
corners of the College," says Amy. 
"They all didn't know each other when 
they started but they enjoyed being part 
of the team. The fact that they gave up 
their time during exam period really 
says something about their dedication 
to community service." 

"We were pleased that we were able to 
finish the ceiling by the end of the day," 
says Seth. "Habitat hopes to complete 
the house by spring and it was 
satisfying to be able to help the 
families that will be moving to our 
Newton neighborhood." i 

Samantha Marquis '11 and Kerith 
Seitsinger 'u prepare to cut foam core. 

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Taking a break during a cold day of hard work are (seated) Lindsey Barrows '11, Student 
Program Coordinator Amy Greene, Vista volunteer Nyndai Diligent '08, Erica Zompa '09 
and (standing) Andrew Cass '10, Meghan Rosin '10, Ginelle Gaulin-McKenzie '10, Seth 
Mantie '10. (Missing: Michelle Krasodomski '10). 

I O Lasell Leaves 

Spring 2009 

Connected Learning 

Bringing Joy to Sandra's Lodge 

Homeless Mothers-To-Be Showered with Gifts 

The pile of presents was huge and the 
room was decorated with streamers and 
balloons. Thanks to the efforts of 10 
dedicated and enthusiastic students, 
eight expectant mothers at Sandra's 
Lodge, an emergency intake family 
shelter that provides temporary housing 
for homeless single mothers and their 
families, were treated to a fun-filled 
baby shower. 

Many of the students who participated 
took it on as their Introduction to 
Human Services or First Year Seminar 
service project. The group issued a 
campus-wide call for donations and 
it brought in more clothes and baby 
products than expected. "We had so 
much that we put aside some for 
next semester, when we'd like to 
throw another shower," says Erin 
Ingleton '12, who was a driving force 
behind the event. 

The Lasell volunteers spent the day 
before the event baking brownies, 
preparing cards, and assembling the 
gift baskets. "We were worried that the 
women would hesitate to take the 
donations," says Erin. "But, they were 
thrilled. We got a thank you note from 

Holding gift bags for the mothers are (L to R) Student Program Coordinator Amy Greene, Colleen McCleary '12, Rose Craige '12, Jennifer 
Mulloy '12, Brynn Potter '12, Jenna-Lynn Geary '12, Allyson Murray '11, Elizabeth Allen 12, Erin Ingleton '12, Victoria Sokoly '12, and 
Americorps* Vista Volunteer Nyndia Diligent '08 (missing Nicole Mello '12 ). 

a mother saying how grateful she was. 
She said she knew that if it had not 
been for Lasell, she never would have 
had a shower. 

"I don't think the women were 
expecting such a big party. It made us 
all feel good to be able to start them off 
with a little nest egg. I've never done 

anything like this before and now 
I'm hooked. The mothers' smiles 
were infectious." * 

Students Brave 30 Degree Temperatures 

Sleep-Out Raises Awareness about Homelessness 

By Seth Mantie '10 

efore Lasell's November Sleep-Out, 
I felt I knew a lot about homelessness. 
However, after spending the entire 
night outside in the 30 degree cold 
with Dave Walsh 'no, Rose Craige '12, 
Colleen McCleary '12, Mike Isherwood 
'12, Sally Jean-Baptiste '12, and Student 
Program Director Amy Greene, and 
supported by approximately 50 other 
students who stopped by, I realized that 
I knew very little. 

I can rattle off statistics: most homeless 
people aren't in this situation because 
they're lazy or on drugs; 40 percent of 
homeless men are veterans; 25 percent 
of homeless people have a job. But as 
I laid on the grass under the full moon, 
I realized that I really didn't understand 
the half of it. 

We came bundled up with many layers 
of clothing, a couple of blankets and 
sleeping bags — all luxuries that the 
homeless don't have. We could also call 

it quits at any point and sleep inside. 
We could take a break to use the 
restroom or get hot drinks, and we 
each had more clothes to keep us warm 
than five homeless people combined. 
Still, we were on the edge of suffering 
at times. It was impossible to actually 
fall asleep properly in such cold and 
I personally was excruciatingly 
uncomfortable while wrapped in a 
blanket with two layers on. 

Consider that we did this only for one 
night and there are people who to do 
this year-round — 3.5 million people 
each day in America — on nights when 
it's five degrees below zero and on 
nights when it's 95 degrees and humid. 
These people have no roof over their 
heads when it's raining in the spring, 
snowing in the winter, and thundering in 
the summer. They have it harder than 
I ever imagined, and one night in the 
cold has only barely helped me start to 
understand that. 

Christine Malcom '11, Jen Bou-Nasijf '11, Ben Stewart '10, and Brittany Grenier '11 
are wrapped up against the cold during the Sleep-Out. 

The issue of homelessness isn't one that homeless people lined up in hopes of 

affects just urban or poor communities. finding some food. Homelessness is 

There are homeless people who live in really that close to Lasell. I invite and 

Auburndale and, if you visit the Newton encourage everyone to get involved with 

Food Pantry, there are often hundreds of raising awareness about this issue. 

Spring 2009 

Lasell Leaves II 

Connected Learning 

Event Helps Bring Understanding 

Domestic Violence Awareness Week 

"We had 250+ students sign the pledge 
and several students made their own 
tee shirts which were then hung on 
the Clothesline," says Health 
Educator/Counselor Kaitlin DeLucia. 
"I want to thank the faculty, particularly 
Professor Linda Bucci, the peer health 
educators program from the Health 
Education Office, and the many, many 
student volunteers who helped to bring 
understanding of this issue to campus." 

Two outside speakers addressed the 
College: Erin Miller, the Domestic 
Violence Coordinator at Newton- 
Wellesley Hospital, and "Jane Doe," 
a survivor of domestic violence. "It's 
about power and control," said Ms. 
Miller. "It doesn't have to be physical. 
Often it's emotional button pushing 
and, unfortunately, we can tend to 
blame the victim." 

The Silent Witness Display was 
exhibited in the Yamawaki Art and 
Cultural Center. Life-sized red figures, 
each with the name and story of a 
woman or child whose life ended 
violently, were placed throughout the 
Wedeman Gallery. "It was moving to see 
student reactions and to hear the silent 
communion that occurred as students 
filtered through," says Barbara Asinger, 
director of the Center for Spiritual Life. 

"At the Candlelight Vigil," she 
continues, "I felt that humanizing 
victims by reading their stories and 
attaching both a name, age, and their 
circumstances helped us all to 
remember that before someone is a 
victim of abuse, domestic violence, 
or violence in general, they had a 
life — one that we need to honor 
and learn from as individuals and 
as a community." '*' 

A student pauses and contemplates at the 
Silent Witness Display. 

Bearing Witness to Violence" was 
what the week was all about and the 
impact of the speakers, the exhibit of 
shirts from the Clothesline Project, 
the Silent Witness Display, and the 
Candlelight Vigil reverberated 
throughout the campus. 

For several days, shirts from the 
Clothesline Project hung in the Edwards 
Student Center. This is a visual display 
of shirts designed by the survivors of 
violence or by someone whose loved 
one is a survivor of violence. Many 
students volunteered their time to sit at 
a table by the exhibit and explain what 
the project represents and asked 
students to sign a pledge against 
domestic violence. 

"It was important to me on a personal 
level," says Rose Craige '12, who 
manned the table several times. "I have 
seen the effects of domestic violence 
and I wanted to explain to people how 
we can help." 

Widening My Circle: 
Interning in Manhattan 

By Laura Notarangelo '09 

I he much anticipated spring 
semester of one's senior year in 
college is a time for wrapping things 
up, thinking ahead — and relocating? 

In January, I moved into my new 
residence in Manhattan's Upper East 
Side where I'll be living until the end of 
April. I took a leave of absence from 
Lasell to complete Marist College's 
New York Media Experience Program. 
In addition to taking two online 
courses and an internship seminar of 
sorts, during the week I intern in the 
Fashion and Beauty department at 
Family Circle magazine. 

My department consists of five other 
women whom I assist on a variety of 
tasks, including the typical intern 
duties. Every Tuesday morning I sit in 
on the staff meetings and hear about 
the progress of stories for upcoming 
issues. I've witnessed how everyone's 
responsibilities in each department 
play a role in getting the magazine 
shipped to print on time. 

A few weeks ago there was a crazed 
day when I kept more than 60 models 
moving through my office during a 
casting call. I've also worked on a 
photo shoot for a "Neutrals" fashion 
spread where I steamed countless 
garments. However, my main duties 
are to keep the fashion and beauty 
closets organized, and the amount of 
merchandise that flows through each 
can be overwhelming. 

We recently finished working on an 
affordable spring trends spread that 
featured the maxi dress, stripes and 
graphic prints, kimono style shirts, 
and brush stroke designs. Now I'm 
working on returning all of these items 
because racks of bathing suits are 
taking over the closet. In addition to 
the clothes, there are shoes, bags, 
belts, and jewelry waiting for me to 
label. Plus, all the new beauty products 
and makeup — I'm a product junkie 
and love categorizing the latest 
moisturizers, shampoos, conditioners, 
new spring colors of nail polish, etc. 

I work closest with the Beauty & 
Fashion Assistant, and often I get to 
sit in on her desk sides with her. We 
listen to the product pitches and see 
how the sales representatives hope to 
get their merchandise into Family 
Circle. I've heard talks on products to 



Laura Notarangelo 'og. 

regrow thinning hair, tame curly hair, 
and mouthwash that'll keep your 
breath fresh for twelve hours (this 
sample I got to take home.) 

This internship has given me 
invaluable experience to see if I'd 
like to work at a magazine after 
graduation and has confirmed that 
I would. Now that I've had the 
opportunity to see all the fine details 
that go into each piece published by 
the Fashion & Beauty department, 
I can envision myself working on 
larger tasks such as writing the 
feature stories, getting to meet with 
public relations companies, and 
attending special events (fashion 
shows especially!) In the future, 
I'd like to work more directly with 
content that will appear on the pages 
of the magazine. Family Circle has 
quite a small staff where everyone 
interacts with one another, and 
I hope to work in a similar friendly 
environment. One evening after work 
I saw our Managing Editor at the 
grocery store and didn't hesitate to 
go over and say hello! 

If I had a dollar for every time 
someone said to me, "Just like The 
Devil Wears Pradai" in response 
to what I do at my internship, 
I'd be buying all my groceries at 
Dean & DeLuca by now. I haven't 
gotten free clothes, but I did score 
a pair of tights when I ripped the 
ones I was wearing. I guess working 
in the Fashion department does 
have its perks! U 

Geoff Siracusa, Residential Life Area Coordinator and co-advisor to the Peer Health 
Educators, absorbs the moving message written on a Clothesline tee shirt. 

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Spring 2009 

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Myrtle Sylvester Ensor celebrated her 
65th wedding anniversary in November. 
She and her husband moved into a 
retirement home in Orleans, MA. 


"I was disappointed that there was no 
news from our class in the last issue of 
Leaves," writes Jeanne Daniels Wheeler. 
"I know we are old but I am sure that 
those of us still around, have never 
forgotten Lasell and the lessons we 
learned there — not just from books." 
Jeanne sadly reports that her husband 
has been in a nursing home for over 
two years. 

An update from Elizabeth Pfeiffer Fiske: 
"It is a long time since we graduated. 
I turned 90 in March 2008. I have 
lived in senior housing in Champlain, 
NY for 25 years. I have three 
children, six grandchildren, and 
10 great-grandchildren." 



Caroline Williamson Taylor who 

lives in Alabama writes, "I took a 
trip to Illinois." 


An update from Priscilla Amnott 
Tindley: "I have been living in 
Gainesville, FL for 20 years. I am still 
active and have a variety of interests. 
I go walking every day." Priscilla was 
married to her husband for 56 years. 
He died in 2005. She has three 
grown children, all who own their 
own businesses. 

Our sincere condolences to Grace 
Crossland Spurr on the death of her 
husband. Grace writes, "I am now a 
resident of the beautiful Gables of 
Farmington, CT. It is only 15 minutes 
from my sister and niece. My closest 
friend from Lasell, Janet Dean Hannula, 
and I are in constant touch. It is fun 
talking over all the good times we had 
at Lasell and while living in Boston." 


Our sincere condolences to Marilyn 
McNie Middlebrook on the death of her 
husband, Bill. 


In October, Evelyn Barney Webster and 

her husband drove from California to 
Maine to enjoy a wonderful visit with 
Doris Smith Cleland. 


From Honolulu, Honey Markham 
Wedeman writes, "Thea Chung Lang 
'47 was the only other girl from Hawaii 
when I was at Lasell, and we became 
friends. When Thea read about my 
husband's death in Leaves, she contacted 
me. We renewed our friendship after 
61 years! 


According to The Gardner News, Eeva 
Laitinen Stromski "has a variety of 
interests, jobs, and volunteer endeavors 
in her life." Eeva admits to being a 
perpetual student. She is also a frequent 
traveler. She volunteers at the Heywood 
Hospital and is a docent at The Gardner 
Museum. One of her greatest interests 
is being a theatre backstage dresser, 
responsible for props and getting 
costumes in order. She spends whatever 
free time she has managing her home, 
garden, and solving crossword puzzles. 

From Daytona Beach, FL, Joan Wolfe 
Wickham writes, "We visit Gene Starrett 
Anderson and her husband each year in 
Cohasset, MA. We have been dear 
friends for almost 60 years." 

Class of 1953 



"So much has happened since my 
graduation," admits Mary Potter Flint 
Page. "I was married twice and am now 
happily single. After retirement as chief 
of children's medical services for a 
program that provided specialty clinics 
and funding for handicapped children, 
I moved back to Gloucester, MA and 
legally changed my last name to Page, 
in honor of my grandparents who 
were instrumental in raising me." 
Regarding Lasell, Mary says, "I have 
fond memories of Woodland and Briggs 
and send my best to all my friends 
from 1951-53." 

Our sincere condolences to Althea 
Janke Gardner on the death of her 
husband, Harry, in October. 

Seven classmates from the Class ofig$j attended the Cape Cod reception at The 
Club at Yarmouthport on Sunday, September 14, 2008. Standing (L to R) Shirley 
Vara Gallerani, feanette Roberts Mann, Audrey Thompson Rielle, Donna Ross 
Hurley and June Martin Godfrey. Seated (L to R) Janet Gleason Nolan and Mary 
Blackham Williamson. 

Class of 1955 

Classmates Joy Stewart Rice, Gigi Harold, and Lucinda Nolin Johnson reminisced 
at the Cape Cod event in September which Lucinda hosted. 


Bobbie Jennings was honored at the 
swearing-in ceremony and reception for 
the new commodores at her yacht club 
in Honolulu. She received the coveted 
"Member of the Year" trophy. She says, 

"What a shock. So many club members 
do volunteer work and deserve 
recognition, but I was indeed thrilled to 
be honored." 

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Class of 1955 

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A small group of '55 graduates recently got together for a luncheon and they had 
a wonderful time reminiscing about their Lasell years. They hope to make this a 
regular event with more alumni joining them. (L to R) Helen LeFaivre Russo, 
Beverly Kimball Lamburn, Millie Monahan Regan, Terry Brossi Garcia, Ann 
Harris Hughes, Standing: Jean Mills Einarson. 


Caroline Heck Crane emails, "I found 
Susan Clark Stern's email address from 
the online community. We are having 
fun getting reconnected after 48 years." 


From Stoughton, MA, Elaine Sanderson 
Henriksen writes, "I have been a widow 
for the past five years and am now 
retired from a long and satisfying career 
in Human Resources Management. 
My life is busy with several volunteer 
projects and productive hobbies." 

Congratulations to Marsha Keyes 
Tucker on the birth of her grandson. 


Our sincere condolences to Barbara 
Caron MacLean on the death of her 
father and to Marsha Howe Neubert 

on the death of her husband in 
November 2007. 


Roberta Stott Underwood writes, "I am 
happily married, and we're both happily 
retired. We have two granddaughters 
who we love." 


Our sincere condolences to Jackie 
Dubin Foster on the death of her mom, 
Freda Reck Dubin '44, in August. In a 
letter to the Alumni Office, Jackie 
writes, "My mom loved her years at 
Lasell and because of her love and 
memories, Lasell became my school too. 
In May 2009 we would have celebrated 
our 65th and 40th reunions together. 
I graduated on the exact day as my 
mother did, just 25 years later. Lasell 
was always near and dear to her heart 
and mine too." 

Marie Fratoni writes, "Life in Atianta is 
wonderful. Business is booming and my 
family is good and busy." 

Class of 1957 

Audrey Mac Adam Lowe hosted a week-long mini reunion for the Class of'$j at her 
home in Freeport, ME. (L to R) Muriel Hagerthy Meyer, Gloria Guiduli, Audrey 
MacAdam Lowe, Millie Berg Cunningham and Paula Ristau Trespas. 


The South Carolina Storytelling Guild 
ran this quote about Myrna Green 
McKee: "Myrna is a transplanted Yankee 
Jewish American Princess who has lived 
in the south for almost 30 years. Known 
as a published journalist, syndicated 
columnist, and comedic storyteller for 
mature audiences, she has visited 23 
foreign countries and 31 states with a 
knapsack on her back. Her talent was 
developed by the comedians of the 
famous "Borcht Belt" as she provides 
comedy routines that relate to today." 

Our sincere condolences to Mary 
Parmakian Bauer on the death of her 
husband in April 2008. 


An update from Barbara Tounge Giles: 

"I am so sorry that I have not been in 
touch for so many years but I have 
thought of Lasell quite a lot lately. My 
medical secretarial course at Lasell was 
a true blessing to me because of all the 
hospital work I did over the years. I 
finished my career in 2000 in Maine. 
I have two children and seven 
grandchildren, including a set of twins." 

Class of 1958 

Former roommates at Lasell, Bonnie 
Beckwith Morrison and Beverly 
Bearse Sowerby took the alumni 
sponsored trip to Ireland in Fall 
2008. They traveled with alumni 
from five other Massachusetts colleges. 
The trip took them to such places as 
Bunratty Castle, the Burren, the 
beautiful cliffs ofMoher and the 
Aran Islands. Bonnie had this to say, 
"We had a great time. And whenever 
I get to spend time with Beverly it is a 
huge bonus as Beverly had a heart 
transplant 18 years ago." 

Class of 1962 

Five graduates from the Class of '62 have recently been getting together to renew old 
Lasell friendships. "It has been a wonderful experience." Their reunions so far have 
taken place in Beaufort, SC, Hilton Head, Savannah, and Maine. Some of the 
reunion highlights include walks on the beach, lobster, and a great martini bar. The 
next destination is Washington, DC. The women agree they are making up for lost 
time. (L to R) Marilyn Richo Cojfey, Sally Nutter Carpenter, Pat McNulty 
Magnotta, Maria Lupoli Lewis, Ingrid Jonason Burch. 

A long overdue lunch. Last summer, three alums from the Class of '66 who lived 
together in Gardner and Ordway got together for lunch in Rockport, MA. They had 
not seen each other for 42 years. (L to R) Linda Condike Ritchie, Massachusetts; 
Marcia Moore Reed, Indiana. Linda Hohwieler Carpenter, Virginia. 

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Seven best friends from Draper House '66 gathered in September in Sun Valley, Idaho 
for a mini-reunion. These friends have been getting together for the past several years to 
share memories, laughter, and precious time. (L to R) Susan Zele Buxbaum, Judy 
Locke Lorenzo '67, Nancy Palmer Brandston, Carolyn Graham Romyn, Gail 
MacLean Wilbum, Susan Roberts Richey '6y, and Sandra Shadle Marsilius. 



Kathy Lockwood Benson retired in 
2006 and moved to Canandaigua Lake, 
NY with her husband of 28 years. Kathy 
has a daughter and son. 


Donna Kelly- Williams is a candidate 
for Vice President, Labor for the 
Massachusetts Nurses Association. 
She states, "I am a direct care staff 
nurse board-certified in pediatrics. 
I am awestruck by the dedication of 
nurses to their patients, and would 
strive to have the same dedication and 
respect extended nurse to nurse and to 
each individual nurses' specialty within 
the profession." 

In June 2008 after six years of study, 
Sheree Loftus Fader successfully 
defended her Ph.D. proposal in nursing 
at the University of Massachusetts. 
She writes, "For the past 14 years 
I have worked in neurology at the 
Beth Israel Medical Center in NYC 
and will continue to do so." Sheree 
lives in Pleasantville, NY with her 
husband and son. 


"I would like to say hello to fellow 
classmates of 1979. Let's all try to make 
it to reunion," prompts Kathy Blawie 
Williams. Kathy and her husband 
celebrated their 25th anniversary this 
year and sent their first son off to 
college. She is looking forward to being 
back on campus in May. 

Class 0/1971 

Four Vista House friends have been getting together at least twice a year for a mini 
reunion in either New England or North Carolina. In October, their visit took place in 
western Massachusetts. They would love to include other former Vista House friends at 
their reunions. (L to Rj Jane Kleinhenz McCarthy, Kathy Barry Freme, Robin Briggs 
Newlin, Marie Errico Ward. 


Margaret Cassello Bennett is a real estate 
broker and appraiser with Cassello Real 
Estate in Wallingford, CT. She has been 
a full-time realtor for nearly 20 years. 

Jennifer Leonard Hahn is married, has 
three children, and lives in New Jersey. 
She is an artist, and her work can be 
viewed at 
Jennifer says, "I would love to get in 
touch with my classmates." 


Wendy Tarfano is still working for 
Retail Brand Alliance, the parent 
company of Brooks Brothers. Within 
the organization, Wendy has moved to 
the business side of technology focusing 
on customer experience and cross 
channel solution strategies. In 2008,. 
Wendy joined the Lasell College fashion 
advisory board. 



Andrea Kneeland Bradstreet is the 

mother of three — Keira-Elizabeth, 
Adam, and Colin. 


From Honolulu, Heather Bohn Harada 

sends an update: "I just got hired at the 
17th best company to work for in 
Honolulu - the telephone company. 
We renewed our lease for another six 
months so we are not going anywhere. 
My daughter, Lilly, celebrated her fifth 
birthday in November." 

"I am working at Mass General Hospital 
as a Patient Discharge/Transport Aide. 
I am also contemplating going back to 
school to become a Medical Assistant," 
writes Julie McLaughlin. 

Class 0/1972 


Recognizing 35 years of service to 
Lasell College, Jeanne Johnsen 
received a Lasell Chair at the 
Annual Employee Recognition 
Breakfast in September. 


An update from Emily Usher Pacheco: 

"I am working as a kindergarten teacher 
at the same school I went to as a child. 
I married my husband in 2006, and 
we have a son, Lucas. He is a joy and 
a blessing." 


Head boys' basketball coach at Lyman 
Hall in Wallingford, CT Mike Conner 
pondered his career choices. Mike 
admits, "At the end of the season several 
collegiate and high school programs 
approached me about coaching 
positions. I decided to stay at Lyman 
Hall because the bond with my players 
was too strong to break." 

"I work for Montefiore Medical Center 
in the NY metro area as a Project 
Management Coordinator. I also model 
and design clothing for special 
occasions," writes Jenn Edwards. 

Kristine Mohan de Paula started her 
own granite company in Tewksbury, MA 
called RSK Marble and Granite. It 
has been established for just over 
three years." 

Antonia Mariani '03/MSM '04 joined 
the Peace Corps and is stationed 
in Botswana. 


An update from Crystal Crafts Rivera: 

"My husband and I are happily settled 
in Iowa in our first home. Our 
daughter, Lola, is now 17 months. 
Wow time flies! Maybe she'll attend 
Lasell someday." 

Courtney Hamilton Hizey and her 

husband are moving to Raleigh, NC. 
Courtney completed an M.Ed, degree 
in Administration and Supervision and 
accepted a position as Director of a 
Raleigh area preschool. She says, 
"We will miss Boston but are extremely 
excited for this opportunity. If anyone 
is in the area, please come visit, 

Andrea Kimball Roman and her 

husband reside "in our new house in 
New Hampshire." Their wedding took 
place in October. Members of the 
wedding party included Andrea's former 
roommate, Rebecca Christopher '05, 
Siobhan Smith Stoney '01, and 
Jennifer Bauchman. 

Amber King Bazdar is the new 

president of the Manchester Mothers' 
Club. She is a stay-at-home mom 
with her son, Benjamin. Amber is 
also a visual merchandiser for retail 
companies in the New England 
area. She and her family live in 
Rockport, MA. 

Jennifer Pope '04/MSM '08 is working 
full-time. She spends her nights 
working on the prerequisites to get into 
Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and 
Health Sciences' accelerated Doctor of 
Pharmacy program. 

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An update from Chantel Daley 
'05/MSM '07: "I am working part-time. 
I have my own business, Designs by 
where I design and make my own 
jewelry. I am also an independent 
sales representative for Beijo Bags, I travel as often as 
I can as it is my favorite thing to do. 
Otherwise, I am looking for a good 
full-time job with health benefits." 

In December, Keith Tower and Ryan 
Morell '04 organized a pub crawl in 
Waltham to raise money for Kiernan 
Komarinetz '07 who was diagnosed 
with cancer. Keith reported, "We 
had well over 100 people show up 
throughout the day with most of them 
being Lasell grads. Through donations 
and a raffle we handed over $4,000 to 
Kiernarfs family." 


Erica Bailey earned her Master's Degree 
in Therapeutic Recreation and Child 
Life from Springfield College in 
Springfield, MA. She was the 
commencement speaker at her May 
2008 graduation. Erica has accepted a 
child life specialist position at Yale 
New Haven Children's Hospital. 

Elizabeth Landon is a special 
education teacher at the Center 
School in Litchfield, CT. Elizabeth 
recently completed a Masters of 
Education/Special Education from 
Springfield College. She admits, "I have 
numerous teachers in my extended 
family so teaching is in my blood." 

Matt Lane began as an intern for the 
Celtics in the second semester of his 
senior year at Lasell. After graduating 
he was offered an inside sales position 
that was only guaranteed for one 
season. Matt says, "The Celtics like to 
hire from within, and observing the 
skills of interns is a way that they look 
for future employees. If you show 
enthusiasm and a strong work ethic you 
will have a better chance of being 
hired." In the summer of 2007, Matt 
was hired as a full-time account 
executive in the Celtics Ticket Sales 
Department. He is in charge of selling 
season tickets and luxury suites for 
the Celtics. 

Kelley Monahan is a marketing 
specialist for Atlantic Pest Solution in 
Maine. She is pursuing an MBA at 
Southern New Hampshire University. 

Fashion Expose 2008, the final chapter 
of Boston Fashion Week, held on 
September 19 at the Taj Hotel in 
Boston, featured Sparklle Thames' 
collection entitled, Hidden Jewel. Her 
collection is described in the following 
manner: "It combines love for boned, 
constructed bodices with the bright 
jewel tone hues of the peacock to create 
a women's wear line that is fun, vibrant, 
and suitable for many different 
occasions. From casual, to work, to 
formal, the garments in this collection 
can be dressed up or down to take you 
wherever one needs to go." 

Classes 0/2006 
and 2007 

(L to R) Jackie Motyl 'oj and Linda 
Williams '06 pause at the side of the 
field. Missing from photo but present 
to play was Jen Kreutzberg '06. 


Shannon Garvey works with children 
and adolescents with autism and other 
developmental disorders at The May 
Institute in Randolph, MA. She was 
accepted into the Applied Behavioral 
Analysis Master's program at 
Northeastern University and began 
in September. 

Sean McCullen is an admission 
counselor at Lasell College. 

Our sincere condolences to Chris Roy 
on the death of his father in October. 

Tabatha Torres headed the team of 
36 volunteers who raked leaves for 
seven hours on a blustery Saturday 
in November to raise money to 
support basic education for 13 
children in Mexico. 

Classes 0/2007 
and 2008 

Alumni field hockey players returned 
to Lasell College for Family, Friends, 
and Alumni weekend to play some 
field hockey. (L to R) Kristina Gorski 
'08, Jackie Motyl 'oj, Justine 
Langdon 'oj, Jackie Janda '08, 
Rachael Johnson '08. 


After graduating in May, Vinnie Allard 
joined the practice of Munroe & 
Associates at Ameriprise Financial in 
Wellesley. He says, "We provide 
personalized financial planning and 
asset management for our clients and 
so far, given all of the volatility in the 
markets, it has made the start of my 
career very interesting." 

Rachael Johnson has been named 
assistant field hockey coach at Bentley 
University. This past summer, Rachael 
was camp director for a field hockey 
camp for girls in grades 5-12 that was 
sponsored by Litchfield, MA Parks and 
Recreation Department. 

Josh Montinieri is an account executive 
for the High Desert Mavericks in 
Adelanto, CA. 

Marian Salama was one of 36 

volunteers who raked leaves for seven 
hours on a blustery Saturday in 
November to raise money to support 
basic education for 13 children in 
Mexico. She is currently employed as a 
receptionist in the Admission Office of 
Newbury College. She is also enrolled 
in the Master's program in Higher 
Education Administration at 
Northeastern University. 

Future Alumni Events 

Class Notes for 
Master's Degree 


Antonia Mariani - see 2003 


Laura Thibodeau has been named 
assistant field hockey coach at 
Bentley University. 


Chantel Daley - see 2005 


Jennifer Pope - see 2004 

If you are interested in sponsoring or helping to 
organize an alumni event in the future, please contact: 

Alumni Relations Office 
1844 Commonwealth Avenue 
Newton, MA 02466-2716 
617-243-2139 or 

Are You Connected? 

Have friends urged you to try Facebook? 
Or Linked In? Have you been reluctant 
to try? Or, have you been afraid to 
ask what Web 2.0 is? 

Fear no more. Lasell's Alumni 
Relations Office has made it easy 
for you to explore these social 
media sites in the company of friends. 

Log in or sign in to Facebook 

( and then search for 

Lasell Alumni to connect with Lasell Alumni 

friends or learn about the latest alumni events. 

Lasell's Linked-ln alumni page will help you maintain professional 

contacts. Simply visit Linked-ln ( sign in or log in 

and then search for Lasell Alumni in groups. 

And, if you are still not ready to try these social media sites, then don't 
forget about the Lasell Online Community ( 
where you can always find out what is happening on and off campus 
and the benefits that are available for alums. 

We hope to see you there! 

The Alumni Relations Team 



Lasell Class Notes 

Spring 2009 

Class Notes 



Hillary Roth '72 to Bruce Goemaat 
Kimberly Lawton '94 to Michael Keith 
Adrianne Cioffi '00 to Gregory Anthony 
Katie Speranza '00 to Geoff Brown 
Meredith Brady '04 to John Shaw 
Katelyn Macllvane '04 to James Craig 
Tracey Maloney '04 to Frank Michienzi 

Jennifer Cronin '05 to 

Dr. Matthew Martinez 

Robert Cedrone '06 to Alexis Demas 
Tricia Canavan '08 to Andrew Cornell 


Patricia Graff Willoughby '58 to 

Tom Suydam on September 13, 2008 

David DiPerri '02 to Anushka Ali '03 

on March 15, 2008 

Emily Usher '02 to Peter Pacheco 
in 2006 

Anushka Ali '03 to David DiPerri '02 

on March 15, 2008 

Crystal Crafts '04 to Gabriel Rivera 
on May 19, 2006 

Andrea Kimball '04 to Joshua Roman 
on October 4, 2008 

Thi Lam '05 to Jeremy Sanborn '05 

on September 27. 2008 


Andrea Kneeland Bradstreet '95, a son, 
Colin Frances, on September 19, 2006 

Emily Usher Pacheco '02, a son, Lucas, 
on March 20, 2008 


Jane Hupman Preston '31 

on August 15, 2008 

Ruth Winslow Neulieb '31 

Hazel Kelly Swartwout '32 

on July 23, 2008 

Barbara Stover Van De Bogert '33 

on December 19, 2008 

Emeline Walker Fatherley '33 

on January 3, 2009 

Katherine Argersinger Scheiner '35 
Barbara Briggs Stanton '35 

Esther Joslyn Gross '35 

on August 5, 2008 

S. Margaret MacNaughton 
Dockstader '35 on November 5, 2008 

Margaret Pearl Ide '36 

on July 2i, 2008 

Anne Campbell Terrill '37 

on March 9, 2008 

Prudence Crandall Randall '37 

on November 6, 2008 

Edythe Cummings Mileikis '37 

on January 24, 2009 

Janice Rogers Wilson '39 

on August 9, 2008 

Marian Traxler Crum '39 

on October 8, 2008 

Ruth Waldron Anderson '39 

Jayne Jewett Woodward '40 

on November 22, 2008 

H. Virginia Swan Davison '40 

in July 2007 

Mary Doig Nicholson '41 

on December 4, 2008 

Helen Otowchitz Andruskiewcz '41 

on July 10, 2000 

Elizabeth Pfeiffer Tatem '41 

in March 2002 

Joan McCraw Davies '42 

on September 6, 2008 

Jeanne Nestler Dart '42 

on June 12, 2008 

Priscilla Richardson Morrill '42 

on November 22, 2008 

Blandine Robbins Molyneux '42 

Mary Chamberlin Skinder '43 

on March 14, 2008 

Clarice Lothrop Davin '43 

on September 20, 2008 

Elizabeth Moore Young '43 

on August 9, 2008 

Cynthia Neale Vienneau '43 

on October 26, 2008 

Dorothy Baum Roberson '44 
Linda Ladd Lovett '44 

Louise Moore Kaminsky '44 

on March 1, 2008 

Barbara Perry Larkin '44 

on June 28, 2008 

Elfreda Reck Dubin '44 

on August 31, 2008 

Virginia Harwood Nelson '45 

in 2001 

Jean Christiansen Maloney '47 

Eileen Griswold Joyce '47 

on August 8, 2008 

Dorothy Milkey Cole '47 

on November 24, 2008 

Jane Newell Marso '47 

Eunice Watson Crosen '47 

on February 21, 2009 

Ruth Hilton '48 

on January 7, 2009 

Jane Alford Grimson '49 

on January 1, 2009 

Meredith McKone Krieger '49 

on July 19, 2008 

Shirley Olesen Somes '49 

on December 14, 2008 

Marilyn Powell Driscoll '50 

Marjorie Fager Arnold '51 

in July 2008 

Mary Trimby Sawyer '51 

Diane Cueny Harden '53 

in April 2007 

Ellen Dunphy Keohane '53 

on July 6, 2008 

Patricia Hall Fletcher '54 

on November 11, 2008 

Patricia Kelsey Scharf '54 

on September 15, 2008 

Judith Hulsman Buffington '55 

on May 31, 2008 

Mary Mack Gutsche '55 

on January 20, 2008 

Marlene Caton Mansfield '60 

on October 25, 2008 

Janet Sawyer Akins '60 
on October 14, 2008 

Suzanne Spangenberg Straley '60 

on October 6, 2008 

Kathleen Burke Griffin '61 

Robin Good Vaughn '63 

on August 6, 2008 

Lois Stoker Witkowski '64 

on February 1, 2008 

Joann "Jody" Ryan Killeen '74 

on December 9, 2008 

Susan Lipsett '82 

Carrie Lempke Braxton '95 

on February 16, 2009 

Sadly, Jayne Jewett 
Woodward '40 passed 
away on November 22, 
2008 in Dallas, Texas. 
She and her husband, 
John, had a lifelong 
interest in books and, 
in conjunction with Jayne's 60th Lasell 
reunion and the Lasell 150 Campaign, 
the two made a generous gift to the 
Brennan library through a Lasell Gift 
Annuity. The funds are to be used to 
support acquisitions that will further 
the knowledge and love of books by 
students. "Now that the College is a 
four-year institution, there is all the 
more need for reference material," said 
Jayne upon establishing the fund. She 
will be remembered for her role in 
Lasell' s vitality and future strength. 

Spring 2009 

Lasell Class Notes IV 

Connected Learning 

Tackling the Subject of Disabilities 

Honors Leadership Class Teaches at Newton Elementary School 

It is hard to confront differences," 
says Jennifer (Jen) Bou-Nassif u. 
"but after teaching the Intellectual 
Disabilities unit of the "Understanding 
Our Differences" (UOD) program to 
the fifth, fourth and third graders at 
Newton's Lincoln Eliot Elementary 
School. I became much more 
comfortable with the topic. And, in 
teaching it, I learned more myself." 

Jen was a member of Professor Sharyn 
Lowenstein's Honors 205 Leadership 
class and the group began training for 
the administration of UOD at the 
beginning of the semester. They 
listened to guest speakers who have 
disabilities, learned how to teach a class, 
and reviewed the interactive tools they 
were going to use to illuminate 
intellectual disabilities. 

For most of the class, teaching was 
uncharted territory. To stand in front 
of a class of youngsters requires 
self-confidence and to administer UOD 
also requires the ability to work with 

one's peers in order to make the class 
run smoothly. "We had to operate as a 
group and as individuals," recalls 
Kelli Taylor '11. "My mother ran a 
disabilities camp which gave me a 
leg up. I feel comfortable around 
the handicapped, and I think my 
experience added to what I could 
give to the Lincoln Eliot students." 

The "Understanding our Differences" 
program was designed 25 years ago 
and the curriculum was put together 
by parents of children in public school 
who wanted to make sure that 
youngsters leam how to act with 
and include people with all types 
of disabilities. Besides intellectual 
disabilities, there are also units on 
deafness and blindness. 

"Our goal was to make the children 
understand that we can't all do things 
easily and that it's important to include 
everyone," says Professor Lowenstein. 
"If, when we left Lincoln Eliot, the 
youngsters realized that being different 

Kelli Taylor '11 works with a fifth grader at the Lincoln Eliot School. 

is acceptable, then we would have 
accomplished what we set out to do. 
So, when the fifth graders started calling 

my class their 'teachers.' I knew the 
Lasell students had made the connection 
and we were well on our way." *' 

Impressive Student Work Presented 

December Connected Learning Symposium 

• t Once again the Symposium offered 

a fabulous display of creativity, competence, 
and perspicacity that made for a wonderful, 
enjoyable, and enlightening day, 

says President Alexander. 


Students in Professor Margo Lemieux's Drawing class used 
their talents to create animal block print note cards and 
sold them at the Connected Learning Symposium to raise 
money for the MSPCA. The creators of the animal block 
prints: (Front row, L to R) Sophia Rubinstein '12, Renee 
Breau '12, Alexandra Colafemina '12; (Second row, L to R) 
Colleen McCleary '12, D' Andre Orosco '12, Stephanie 
Dicostanzo '12; (Third row, L to R) Erin Hennessey, '12, 
Rocco Mazzaferro '12, Alyson Terlick '11; (Back row, L to 
R) Justin Brown '12, Renzo Monzon '08, Gabriella 
Collado '11 (missing Sarah Holcomb '12). 

Mathematics Professor Malini Pilai gets a hug from Janice 
Cooper '11. Standing behind (L to R) are Christina 
Laughlin '12, Kelly Silvia '11, and Juliana Cenolli 'og. 
All four are Math minors and Math tutors. 

Students work on the "Graffiti Wall: Words of Power" in the 
Glow Lounge. 

(L to R) Kate Near '09, Kaitlin Harris '10 and Ivan 
Gonzalez '08 stand in front of the student immigration 
experience poster that they created. 


Lasell Leaves 

Spring 2009 

CampUS Update 

Creating Ties 

President Alexander Welcomes 
Delegation from China 

Expansion of Graduate Degrees 

Lasell Now Offers Master of 
Science in Communication 

There was an international flavor on 
campus this fall when Lasell hosted a 
delegation from Shandong University 
of Art and Design, including the 
University's president, Pan Lusheng. 
The delegation met with President 
Alexander, faculty from the Fashion 
Department, and other College 
representatives and participated in a 
tour of the College and of Boston 
and Cambridge. 

At the conclusion of the visit, Lasell 
and the Shandong University of Art 
and Design leaders agreed to further 
explore a partnership between the 
two institutions. 

The delegation's arrival came on 
the heels of a trip to Japan and China 
made by President Alexander and 
Vice President for Academic Affairs 
Jim Ostrow. While in these countries, 
the two met with several institutions 
in hopes of building new partnerships. 
They visited several colleges and 
universities in Shandong Province 
in China and participated in an 
education fair in Beijing. In Japan, 
they met with the Yamawaki family, 
with whom Lasell has a long-standing 
and close relationship. 

President Alexander receives a gift from 
President Pan Lusheng of Shandong 
University of Art and Design. 

The trip was designed to support 
a goal outlined in the College's 
five-year strategic plan to increase 
diversity among undergraduate 
students at Lasell. 

he Massachusetts Board of Higher 
Education approved a new Master 
of Science in Communication 
(MSC) degree and students began 
matriculating in January. The approval 
of the new Master's degree is a part 
of Lasell College's Strategic Plan to 
offer four new graduate-level programs 
by 2012. 

"Lasell was praised for its innovative 
spirit and high quality proposal," says 
President Alexander. "The new degree is 
an important ingredient of the College's 
strategic plan and it will open up 
opportunities in the growing field of 
communications, particularly as the 
demand for skilled communicators is 
predicted to grow in the coming years." 

The new program is geared toward 
working communications professionals 
looking to advance their careers or 
change direction. It will offer targeted, 
career-focused education, with 
concentrations in either Public 
Relations or Integrated Marketing 
Communication. The MSC program is 
12 courses (36 credits), built around a 
seven-course core curriculum, providing 
a solid foundation in Communication. 

"Students will create a mixture of 
courses depending on their personal 
interests and future career goals," 
says Director of Graduate Admission 



Adrienne Franciosi. "The elective and 
concentration courses give students 
more freedom to build a degree specific 
to their interests. The course formats 
differ depending on whether they will 
be traditional, hybrid, or online." 

"This degree program will provide an 
excellent opportunity for working 
professionals to enhance their skills in 
today's competitive marketplace," said 
Professor Janice Barrett, chair of the 
Communication Department at Lasell. 
"Every organization needs competent, 
talented, and skilled communications 
practitioners who can define the 
message, reach the audience, and 
evaluate the effectiveness of 
communications among internal 
and external stakeholders. 

"Lasell plans to train and develop these 
competent professionals through the 
College's new Master's degree in 
Communication," she added. «*' 

Current Construction Projects at Lasell 

McClelland Fitness Center 

A new, state-of-the-art fitness center will open in McClelland Residence Hall in 
September of 2009, doubling the workout space on campus. The air-conditioned center, 
which will house cardio equipment, weight machines, a stretching area, and free 
weights, will be easily accessible to students who live in the surrounding six residence 
halls. The rooms will be filled with light from the large windows that will overlook the 
new quad created by the East and West Residence Halls. 

The construction of the Woodland Road residence halls, to be called for now East Hall 
and West Hall, is moving along rapidly. Checking on its progress are (L to R) Vice 
President for Enrollment Management Kathleen O'Connor, President Michael 
Alexander, Vice President of Lasell Village Paula Panchuck, Vice President for Business 
and Finance Michael Hoyle, and Director of Plant Operations Thomas Koerber. 

Spring 2009 

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CampUS Update 

Faculty/Staff Update 

Dr. Brad Allen, 

chair of Lasell's 
Department of 
Mathematics & 
Science, had two 
articles published 
in the Winter 
2009 issue 
of Clinical Laboratory Science. The 
back-to-back articles were both authored 
by Dr. Allen and Rocco Perla and are 
titled "A Long-Term Forecast of MRS A 
Daily Burden Using Logistic Modeling" 
and "Warning System for MRS A 
Daily Burden." 

Associate Professor 
Stephanie Athey 

was invited to 
lecture at the 
"On Torture," 
sponsored by the 
Heinrich Boll 
Foundation and George Washington 
University this past November. 
Her talk was titled "Torture and the 
Speculative Press." In February, she 
spoke at the Symposium "Torture and 
the Body," at Whitman College, where 
the title of her lecture was "The Torture 
Device: Representation, News and Law." 

Adjunct Faculty 
member Deborah 
Baldizar, who 
holds a Master of 
Fine Art degree 
from the 
University of 
Dartmouth, gave a private paper 
workshop, followed by an Artist Talk at 
Worcester State College in March. She is 
currently in a two-person show, titled 
"Delicate Terrestrials," at Babson College. 

Dr. Janice M. 
Barrett, chair 
of Lasell's 
Department, is 
serving as a 
member of the 
panel of judges 
for the JFK Library Foundation's 
Profiles in Courage essay. She is also 
Vice Chair and Program Planner for 
the Peace and Conflict Communication 
Division of the National Communication 
Association Convention that will be 
held in Chicago in November 2009. 
Additionally, she is serving as a Board 
member for the Yankee Chapter 
of International Association of 
Business Communicators. 

Associate Professor 
of Fashion 
Jill Carey has 
been curator 
of two exhibits 
this year which 
featured specific 
clothing items 
from the Lasell Fashion Collection: 
"The Art of Italian Style" at the Larz 
Anderson Auto Museum in Brookline, 
MA and "One Hundred Years of Green" 
at the Boston Public Library. 

Assistant Professor 
Michael Daley 

will be published 
in the journal 
Ecological Modelling 
as a joint author 
of "Mechanisms 
of moisture 

stress in mid-latitude temperate 

forest: Implications for feedforward 

and feedback controls from an 

irrigation experiment." 

Sarah King 
Cherington '02, 
Adjunct Professor 
and Interim Chair 
of the Committee 
for the Protection 
of Human Subjects 
at Lasell, recently 
co-authored a research article in First 
Language, titled "The development of 
other-related conversational skills: 
A case study of conversational repair 
during the early years." 


Adjunct Music 
Professor Harvey 
Finstein recently 
recorded a jazz 
CD titled "Family 
and Friends." 
The CD jacket 
design was done by 
Studio Art and Graphic Design Assistant 
Professor Torre Terrasi and the recording 
features Finsteirfs two sons on trombone 
and piano. Finstein plays regularly at the 
Ryles Jazz Club in Cambridge, MA. 

This fall, Michelle 
Gaseau became 
the Director of 
at Lasell. She 
was previously 
Director for the 

MIT Portugal Program and MIT's 

Lean Advancement Initiative. 

She also has a rich editorial and 

journalistic background. 

The Wellfleet 
Harbor Actors 
Theatre Filmmaker 
Takeover awarded 
Assistant Professor 
of Anthropology and Humanities 
Hortense Gerardo's screenplay, 
"Fourhand," Best Feature Film in the 
Audience Choice Awards category and 
the Best Feature Film in the Panelist 
Awards category. Last summer, the film 
of her screenplay won the Audience 
Award for Best Film in the Cape Cod 
section of the Woods Hole Film Festival. 
It is scheduled to be in the Somewhat 
North of Boston Film Festival (SNOB) 
in November 2009. Professor Gerardo 
is awaiting word on other juried film 
festivals for which it's currently under 
consideration. She is also curating a 
play reading series at the Cambridge 
Center for Adult Education called 
"The First (W)rites Series" that features 
new work by local playwrights and 
composers. Her own first full-length 
play, "Incubation Period," was presented 
in March. And, she performed in the 
piece, "Poetics: A Ballet Brut" with the 
Nature Theater of Oklahoma at the 
Institute of Contemporary Art. 

In December, 
David J. Hennessey 

joined the Lasell 
College community 
as Associate Dean 
of Student Affairs. 
He worked at 
Bentley University 
for the last 23 years, most recently as 
the Assistant Dean for the Residential 
Center, which included the Residence 
Life Office, the Housing Office, and the 
Student Affairs Administrative Systems 
Department. He also served as the 
director of the summer program for the 
"Bentley in Bahrain" project. 

In January, 
COMtalk, a 
publication Adjunct 
Professor Patrick 
Kennedy manages 
and edits at 
Boston University, 
received a bronze in the Council for 
Advancement and Support of Education 
(CASE) District I 2009 Communication 
Awards. Additionally, his first book 
Boston Then and Now (2nd ed.) is soon 
to be released by Thunder Bay Press. 

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JVUviic . Slii'i i I 

Assistant Professor 
of Fine Art 
Margo Lemieux 
had a solo exhibit 
called "Music 
Spirit" at the 
Blackstone River 
Theater in 
Cumberland, RI 
this fall. Eleven of 
her pieces were selected and are on view 
through May at the Illuminations Gallery 
in Boston. 

Director of the Center for Community- 
Based Learning (CCBL) Sharyn 
Lowenstein (center), Lasell's MACC 

volunteer Nyndia 
Diligent (left), and 
Student Program 
Coordinator for 
the CCBL Amy 
Greene (right) made a presentation at the 
March Massachusetts Campus Compact 
Conference in Amherst, MA on the 
college awareness program, ACES 
(Awareness, Confidence, Education, 
Success), that Lasell launched with 
the Boston Renaissance Charter 
Public School. 

Associate Professor 
of Psychology 
Marsha Mirkin 
will be the Plenary 
Moderator for the 
Spirituality and 
Family Therapy 
plenary at the 
American Family Therapy Annual 
Conference (AFTA) in New Orleans 
in June, where she will also moderate 
a new group about teaching 
undergraduates and graduate students. 
She will be on the faculty of the 18th 
Annual Culture Conference of the 
Multicultural Family Institute of New 
Jersey "Trauma, Survival, Healing, 
and Transformation." Additionally, 
she and three students presented a 
poster session on their research about 
understanding the immigrant student 
experience at the annual Association for 
Women in Psychology in Rhode Island. 

continued on page 21 

2 O Lasell Leaves 

Spring 2009 

CampUS Update 

Faculty/Staff Update 

continued from page 20 


Director of the 
RoseMary B. Fuss 
Center for Research 
on Aging and 
mm Studies Joann 

Montepare recently 
^^^^^^^^^™ published a paper 
on "Subjective Age: Toward a Guiding 
Lifespan Framework" in the 
International Journal of Behavioral 
Development. She also organized a 
special issue for the Journal of 
Nonverbal Behavior on "Politics 
and Nonverbal Cues." 

Assistant Professor 
of Mathematics 
Esther Pearson was 
appointed to the 
Advisory Board for 
the Center for 
Women and Work 
(CWW) at the 
University of Massachusetts/Lowell. 

Lydia Pittman, 

head of Technical 
Services at the 
Brennan Library, 
is featured as a 
sidebar in the 
book What's the 
Alternative? Career 
Options for Librarians and Info Pros by 
Rachel Singer Gordon in which Pittman 
discusses doing service-learning work 
for literacy while also being a 
"traditional" librarian. 

Senior Lecturer 
Amy Wagenfeld, 

a developmental 
psychologist, was 
the keynote speaker 
at the Michigan 
Therapy Association 
Annual State Conference in March. 
Her article "If s More than Seeing 
Green: Exploring the Senses through 
Gardening" was recently published in 
The Journal of Therapeutic Horticulture, 
Volume XIX, 2009. Dr. Wagenfeld 
has been appointed a Research 
Affiliate at the RoseMary B. Fuss 
Center for Research on Aging and 
Intergenerational Studies. '* 

Read All About It 

Lasell in the News 

Lasell College and Lasell Village have 
received steady media coverage in 
recent months related to a variety of 
"Lasell stories." 

Lasell President Michael B. Alexander 
has been quoted in several articles in 
the Boston Globe related to Lasell's 
international recruiting efforts in China, 
Lasell's economic health, and its efforts 
to continue faculty searches and fill new 
and vacant staff positions. In addition, 
the Boston Business Journal included 
quotes from President Alexander in a 
story about colleges moving forward 
with planned construction projects. 

Stitching together dignity 

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The Boston Herald and the Boston Globe 
wrote articles about Lasell Village 
resident Myril Bennett, mother of David 
Alexrod, senior advisor to President 
Obama. The Boston Herald covered the 
design of her inauguration gown, while 
the Globe profiled her. 

In addition, Lasell College students 
from the Fashion Department received 
several mentions in online versions 

of Boston Magazine and the Boston 
Herald for their participation in a 
Boston Symphony Orchestra program 
called "Project Mozart," which 
challenged young designers to create 
Mozart-inspired gowns. The gowns 
were modeled and judged during 
performances on Feb. 12, 17, and 19 
(see story p. 8) 

Hats Off 

College Presents First Year Academic Achievement Honors 



I ■ 

m I 

Congratulations on your 
achievements and bringing 
your energy and drive to 
Lasell College," said 
President Alexander. 
"1 encourage you to talk 
with others and share your 
curiosity for learning. 

Lasell College presented the First-Year Academic Achievement Awards to more 
than loo students who were either on the Dean's List or who are participating 
in the Honors Program. 

Papers Presented 

Professors Joe Aieta, Helen Alcala, Jane 
Cormuss '80 and Zaid al-Khalid '09 
attended the International Society for 
the Study of European Ideas in Helsinki 
and all presented papers at a workshop 
organized and chaired by Professor 
Aieta. (L to R) Zaid al-Khalid 'og, 
Professor Helen Alcala, and Professor 
Joe Aieta enjoy a moment in Helsinki. 

Former Massachusetts Governor Michael Dukakis took time out of his busy schedule to talk 
to Professor Paul DeBole's State and Local Government class. (L to R) Tholemson Francois 
'10, Amanda Redden '12, Brittaney Danehy '12, Victoria Elms '12, Paul Meucci '10, Gov. 
Dukakis, Jessica Buono '11, Jeremy Fay '12, Jason Gelb '11, and Joseph Reggiannini '12 had 
the chance to get to ask the Former Governor questions. 

Spring 2009 

Lasell Leaves 2 1 

CampUS Update 

Donahue Institute Distinguished Scholar 

"American Dream" not Universal 

Darnell Williams, the President/CEO 
of the Urban League of Eastern 
Massachusetts, began his time on 
campus by speaking to a full audience 
in de Witt Hall about the experiences 
of black people in the context of 
leadership, power, and people. 
"History should enlighten us about the 
importance of leadership," he said, "and 
Presidential leaders define our time." 

He xised Jefferson, Lincoln, Franklin 
Roosevelt, and John Kennedy as 
presidents who have greatly influenced 
civil rights and freedoms in America, 
and the black experience in particular. 
"They all led at crucial times in our 
history but the experience beneath 
the American dream has not been the 
same for all races," he said. 

"Civil rights mean that there are no 
second class citizens. America has 
changed but it needs to change 
more. There is value in the hard 
work and sacrifice that has occurred 
in the last ioo years and we must 
learn from our setbacks. Leadership 
and perspective matter." 

Darnell Williams was able to visit four 
classes after his de Witt talk: "Race and 
Ethnicity, "Police and Society," "Justice, 
Class, Race and Gender," and a first 
year seminar on Presidential Politics. 
"Education helps you understand the 
practical aspects of life and illuminates 
the points of contradiction. It makes the 
invisible visible." '« 

The Next Civil Rights Battle 

Cay Marriage Debate Draws Crowd 

Former Massachusetts State Senator 
Cheryl Jacques and Massachusetts 
House Majority Leader John Rogers 
squared off on the topic of gay marriage 
this fall. The debate was sponsored by 
the Donahue Institute for Values and 
Public Life and the student group SAFE 
(Students Advocating for Equality.) 

Jacques, former president of the 
Human Rights Campaign and now an 
adjunct faculty member at Lasell and 
a national leader in the gay civil rights 
movement, took the position in support 
of gay marriage while John Rogers, who 
serves on the House Committee on 
Rules, took the opposing position. 

Speaking to an interested and engaged 
gathering of students, faculty, and staff, 
Jacques told the group they were 
witnessing the next civil rights battle. 
"We are at a crossroads in this country. 
We are literally writing the next chapter 
in civil rights," she said. "Today 
Americans are faced with the same 
kind of bigotry in the workforce, the 
denial to serve our country, and the 
denial to marry the person we want to. 
The arguments are hauntingly familiar 
to what has been used before." 

Former Massachusetts State Senator 
Cheryl Jacques and Massachusetts House 
Majority Leader John Rogers. 

Rogers, who opposed the idea of gay 
marriage but supported equal rights 
for those joined in civil unions, said 
he was in favor of a separate and equal 
institution for gay couples. "Separate, 
per se, does not mean unequal," 
he said. 

Jacques noted that under the current 
federal laws, civil unions are not equal 
in status to marriage. Rogers agreed 
and added that the federal laws should 
be changed, but did not back away from 
his view that marriage is a union 
between a man and a woman, not 
people of the same sex. '¥ 

Darnell Williams takes time to discuss a point with a Lasell student. 

Engaging and Educational Day 

Lasell and Science Club for Girls Sponsor Teambuilding/Leadership Forum 

rorty girls, from kindergarten through 
seventh grade, arrived on Lasell' s 
campus to participate in a day of 
carefully planned activities that were 
designed to excite their curiosity about 
the possibilities of science, math, and 
technology as well as to enhance their 
leadership skills and self-confidence. 
The Teambuilding/Leadership Forum 
was created through a partnership 
between Lasell and The Science Club 
for Girls (SCFG), which was founded in 
1994 to promote gender equity in the 
sciences in a fun, nurturing, and 
interactive environment. 

The keynote was delivered by Dr. Esther 
Pearson, LaselTs very own professor 
of Mathematics. She spoke about 
opening doors that can lead to a career 
in science. "Start early and don't shy 
away from mathematics," she urged. 
"Be willing to work in teams and be 
a leader." 

Morning activities were planned and 
lead by Lasell students who came from 
such diverse majors as Education, 
Allied Health, and the sciences and 
their enthusiasm was catching. After 
lunch, the girls performed skits that 
related to what they had learned as 
well as on how to be a good friend 
and a leader. 

"It was wonderful how all the pieces of 
this giant puzzle came together and to 
see how fully the SCFG girls responded 
to the well-planned activities," says 
Sharyn Lowenstein, director of the 
Center for Community-Based Learning. 
"I heard that as the parents drove their 
daughters home there was non-stop 
chatter about all the events and that one 
third grader exclaimed, 'I was really 
surprised that I could be in college at 
such a young age.'" V 

Young scientists stand ready to demonstrate their inventions. 

22 Lasell Leaves 

Spring 2009 

CampUS Update 

Dr. Terrence Roberts Shares Life-changing Experiences 

Civil Rights Pioneer Tells Story of Segregation and Survival 

As a youngster in the 1950s, it took 
several epiphanies for Terrence Roberts 
to realize that segregation made no 
sense, was illogical, and wrong. So, 
when the opportunity came for him to 
make a statement — by becoming one 
of a handful of black students to break 
the segregation cycle in a little Rock, 
Arkansas high school — he was ready 
and he jumped at the chance. 

Roberts, at age 15, became one the 
of the Little Rock Nine in 1957 who 
made history by attending formerly 
segregated Central High School. 
Sponsored by Lasell's Office of Student 
Activities, the Campus Activities Board, 
and the Donahue Institute, he shared 
these life-changing experiences 
with the Lasell Community, relating 
stories of abuse, racial inequality, and 
beatings that he and the other eight 
students endured. 

"We nine were dedicated to going to 
that school and wanted to make a 
statement that this whole system was 

cockeyed," said Roberts. "What shocked 
us was the intensity. The crowd of 
people — grandmothers and mothers, 
holding their children — were all 
shouting out this racial invective. It was 
quite a scene. By the end of that year we 
were pretty beaten down both physically 
and psychologically." 

Roberts, a self-described "nerd," told 
stories of his English teacher asking 
him point blank why he didn't go back 
to his own school. He recalled 
pondering why she thought that schools 
were "owned" by a color. He had other 
stories of the pressure that was placed 
on families so that their children would 
not socialize with the "Little Rock Nine" 
— or else their businesses would suffer, 
or worse. 

Roberts, who gave his talk as part 
of Lasell's Black History Month 
celebrations, related these stories 
with a quiet and calm demeanor and 
suggested that even more than 50 years 
later, there is still work to be done. 

Dr. Terrence Roberts. 

He reflected that this country and many 
of its citizens have discriminated 
against people of color for centuries, 
and it will take time for people to 
completely change their behavior. 

"There is a thin veneer of civility, but we 
have to crack through that. There has 
to be chaos before there is change," 
Roberts said. *»' 

A Greener Campus 

Lasell Swiftly Moves Toward Sustainability Coals 

' rights off, thermostats down, plastics 
and paper recycled, food and water saved. 

These are all accomplishments that 
Lasell College can claim since the 
school made an earnest commitment 
to becoming a "greener campus" in 
2008. With the creation of Lasell's 
Environmental Sustainability Committee 
last fall and the adoption of the 
committee's specific goals for the 
campus, students, faculty, and staff 
have already made measurable changes 
in just a few short months. 

"I have learned so much by 
participating in this effort," says 
Kayla McKenna, '09. "I have seen 
that it's definitely possible to be an 
advocate for something and actually 
make change happen." 

"The big goal this year was instituting 
a recycling program. Last year we 
didn't have one," said Professor Michael 
Daley, chair of the Environmental 
Sustainability Committee. "Next year we 
want to maximize our use of it and have 
a 50 percent reduction in waste. With a 

sustained educational commitment, 
we can reach our goal." 

Starting in January, single stream 
recycling was introduced across 
campus. It allows for many items, 
including cardboard, paper, aluminum 
cans, plastics numbered 1-7, magazines, 
and clean plastic cups to be recycled 
in the same bin. Offices and dorms 
received new receptacles — replacing 
regular trash bins — as well as posters, 
flyers, and stickers to help promote 
the program. 

In addition, over the last several months 
Lasell's Plant Operations department, 
lead by Director Tom Koerber, has 
targeted buildings on campus for the 
installation of new, energy-efficient 
windows, new heating systems, energy 
efficient lighting, additional insulation 
and low-flow water fixtures. 

The campus has also seen success from 
its trayless dining initiative in the 
campus cafeteria — which began last 
fall. According to Daley, the effort is 
starting to make a real impact in the 
reduction of food and water waste in the 
dining hall: there has been a 40 percent 
reduction of waste since 2007, when the 
measuring first began. 

Several environmental classes have 
conducted field research projects to 
investigate green practices and 
understand their impact on the 
environment. In the fall, students in 
Professor Daley's Biology class visited 
and volunteered at the Newton Angino 
Farm where they learned about the 
diversity of organisms present in the 
soil as well as sustainable farming 
practices. Biology students also traveled 
to the Sherborn, MA home of President 
Michael Alexander to investigate water 
quality differences in two ponds on 
the property. 

Coming later this spring, Lasell's 
Environmental Sustainability 
Committee will try to impact the 
College's green efforts further by 
reducing the transportation miles 
of students, faculty, and staff and 
decreasing the school's carbon footprint. 

"Lasell is definitely making a sustained 
effort and, as a community, we are 
making improvements steadily," 
said Daley. 

(L to R) Jennifer Duest '09 and Jessica Moloney '10 measure the water content at a pond 
near President Alexander's home. 

Spring 2009 

Lasell Leaves 2iX 

Lasell Village 

A Proud Mother 

Obama Inauguration Marks a Special Moment for Villager Myril Bennett 

(L to R) President Barak Obama with 
Myril Bennett, her daughter Joan Axelrod 
and son David Axelrod. 


He was so 
and inspiring. 
What he said, 
it picked 
us up. He 
always seems 
so calm, yy 

Myril Bennett 

Hrl yril Bennet, a Lasell Village resident, 
has seen Presidents Johnson and 
Clinton sworn into office and danced 
at their inaugural celebrations. But this 
year was something special because 
she is the mother of David Axelrod, 
the chief campaign strategist for 
President Obama and current Senior 
Advisor to the President. 

"How many people can say that they 
achieved their dream? David's was to 
sell a candidate for his positive 
attributes and he did that with Obama," 
Myril says. "How fortunate for any 
parent when their child achieves that." 

She watched Obama's historic campaign 
unfold with a unique viewpoint — part 
attentive and involved mother and part 
insider. Through regular phone calls 
from her son, the involvement of her 
daughter Joan and grandson in Obama's 
campaign, and the participation of her 
grandsons in the Democratic National 
Convention in Denver this summer, 
Myril kept tabs on the inner 
machinations of the campaign and 
observed the star quality of President 
Obama first-hand. 

She recalls the inspiration she felt 
when hearing Obama speak in Boston 
following the candidate's New 
Hampshire primary loss. Her son 
had arranged for her to attend the event, 
but the mood of the participants was 
somber after the loss — until Obama 
lifted them up. 

"He was so welcoming and inspiring. 
What he said, it picked us up. He always 
seems so calm," she says. 

Myril added that her son's deep 
involvement in the campaign 
sometimes left her awestruck. "I can't 
believe that David was making all these 
decisions that would impact so many 
people once Obama was elected," 
she said. 

So, it was with a full and proud 
heart that Bennett set off to Washington 
D.C. with her daughter Joan to 
celebrate Obama's election and her 
son David's contributions. 

And, she did it in style. With the urging 
of her daughter, she visited "Yolanda's 
Salon" in Waltham to select a gown for 
the occasion. There she met designer 
David Josef who walked Myril through 
the process to pinpoint a design for the 
occasion and he custom-designed the 
dress she wore by combining aspects of 
two different gowns from his collection. 

Myril, although demure about all the 
fuss, was thrilled about being a part 
of the festivities. She attended the 
inauguration itself as well as one of the 
balls, but most of all, she celebrated 
with her family the contributions they 
made to this moment in history, i' 

Myril Bennett models her inaugural gown. 


Villag e 

Intergenerational Communication 

Villager Doris Winder and Rockwell 
Children Have Special Relationship 

This is my thing," beams Lasell 
Villager Doris Winder, surrounded 
by young students at the Holway 
Child Study Center/Rockwell. Doris 
visits every Tuesday and Thursday 
and is delighted to volunteer her 
experienced hand. 

Professionally Doris is a social worker 
and she worked for the Department 
of Mental Health in Massachusetts. 
She made a change when she moved 
to Philadelphia and opened a child care 
center which she ran for five years. 

She has also produced a video on home 
day care. "You never know where life's 
turns are going to take you. I have my 
LICSW and 13 letters after my name, 
but at one point I couldn't find a job. 
I had never imagined making a video 

but my daughter worked for Channel 5 
and she gave me encouragement and 
helped me find a photographer. The 
video ended up winning awards and 
was used all over the country. It and 
being a day care director are the two 
things in my career that I am most 
proud of. 

"When I moved to the Village three 
years ago and learned about Rockwell 
I immediately volunteered. 

"I really enjoy five year olds. They 
verbalize, take such pleasure in 
knowing their letters, and are beginning 
to write words. I look forward to being 
with them every week." 

Doris Winder and Griffin Bond work together writing the alphabet. 

2 A Lasell Leaves 

Spring 2009 

Message from Karen Gill, Director of Alumni Relations 

Office of Alumni Relations 

1844 Commonwealth Avenue 
Newton, MA 02466-2716 
(617) 243-2139 
fax (617) 243-2383 

Dear Alums, 

y ith the economic climate of the times 
and the uncertainty of the world around 
us, now is the perfect time to make plans 
to come back to Reunion Weekend with 
your friends and classmates. We try to 
keep events as cost-effective as possible 
while offering you an opportunity to 
reconnect with friends in an 
environment where there once were 
more certainties. One of which is that 
there is no price tag that one can attach 
to the value of friendship. Being back on 
campus will underscore all the good 
times that are needed right now. 

So, contact your friends — find them 
in the Lasell Online Community at — and take a 
weekend for yourself to recharge and 
reinvigorate some meaningful 
relationships with which to continue 
in the future. 


Karen B. Gill 

Director of Alumni Relations 

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(617) 243-2139 
fax (617) 243-2383 

II What are you going to 
do with your one wild 
and precious life? 

Dear Alums, 

This is my last letter to our community 
as your BOM President. I wanted to 
dedicate it to all the Board of 
Management members who have 
tirelessly given time, creativity, energy, 
laughter, debate, and financial support 
to our Lasell. Over half of our members 
have been on the Board for more than 
20 years. That dedication speaks to what 

Message from the President 
of the Board of Management 

kind of institution Lasell is — not every 
year has been easy, some have been 
challenging for both members and the 
College — but we never gave up. These 
women (and we are always looking for a 
few good men) have made their love of 
Lasell a top priority. 

From personal experience, I will tell you 
that having an organization that is about 
the greater good (and not about bills, 
family, friends, or work) helps put life 
in perspective. During my years as a 
student, community service was a value 
Lasell espoused and it still does today. 
This is an organization that lets its 
members get as much as they give. 
It keeps your mind alive. 

One cannot help but be energized by 
our students, faculty, and staff and all 
that they are accomplishing. It motivates 
you to keep striving in your own life. 
Think of how much Lasell has grown, 
expanded, and evolved in the years since 
you studied on campus! I only hope that 
we can do that in our own lives as well. 

If you are like me, while you are reading 
your copy of the Leaves you might be 
cooking dinner (ok — ordering take-out) 
or trying to get to the phone before you 
lose your place in an article. I am asking 
you to take a moment, let the dinner 
burn or the take-out get cold, and think 

of someone who left an imprint on 
your life at Lasell and thank them by 
re-engaging in OUR community. 
We cannot do our work alone. 

I encourage you to fill up your life with 
people, places, and experiences that 
challenge and inspire you. I promise 
Lasell is still a place that does that, but 
now you don't have finals at the end, just 
personal satisfaction. Thinking of which, 
when I started my term two years ago, 
I was not looking forward to writing 
these letters at all — "homework!" 
Surprisingly, as I sit on my couch on a 
windy cold day, I realize this just might 
be one of my favorite parts of the gig. 
Writing to you gives me time to reflect 
on what is important in my life and 
I would like to thank the entire 
community for this opportunity. 

Again, to all the members of the BOM • 
and those who support us, what you do 
for Lasell is noticed, appreciated, and the 
rest of you get on the band wagon and 
come on down!!! 

God Speed. 




Volunteer Reunion Coordinators 
- Reunion Weekend, May 15-17 



Alumni Office 



Jean Michael Petersen 



DottieTobin Staffier, 

Jean Campbell, 

Gloria Boyd Major-Brown 



Nancy Curtis Crellier, 
Nancy Lawson Donahue 



Carol Rofer Hofmann 



Carolyn Wood Brox, 
Frances Reid Smith, 

Joan Conradi McLaughlin 



Vivien Ash Gallagher, 
Marsha Keyes Tucker, 
Beverly Landros Bley 


- 40th 

Linda Koed, 
Ellen Evans Little 



Alumni Office 



Pam Henderson Pagliaro, 
Cathie Saunders Simard 



Betsy Harkins Dorisca 



Alumni Office 


- 15th 

Alumni Office 

Spring 2009 

Lasell Leaves 2S 


Alumni Relations 

Past Events... 

Jess Harmond '12, granddaughter of Jacqueline Eldridge 
Holihan '44, stopped by the Alumni Office for the Legacy 
Open House, September 4, with her parents. 

Urit Chaimovitz 'g8, Joy Stewart Rice '55, and Nancy 
Curtis Grellier '49 represented the Alumni Board of 
Management at the Student Activities Fair in September. 

Karen Lord Conwy '^g and her husband, Thomas, spoke 
with Michael Alexander after the "Triumph of Marriage" 
exhibit tour at the Ringling Museum in Sarasota, FL. 

Mary Barbara Alexander spoke to Elliott and Gail 
Winalski Burd '58 before the Naples, FL Philharmonic 
Orchestra event. 

President Alexander stands with the winners of the golf 
outing at Braeburn Country Club in September: (L to R) 
Keith Tower '05, Ryan Morell '04 Greg Koch '05, and Joe 
Pirrone '03. 

Alumni Board of Management members Joy Stewart Rice 
'55> Jennifer Pope 'o4/'o8 MSM, Jessica Anthony 'g8, and 
Urit Chaimovitz '98 met Marina Rose Seitsinger 'yg/Parent 
ofKerith '11 at the River Day Festivities. 

(L to R) Vicki Tenney Graboys '67, Volunteer Bonnie 
Berman Wugman '72, Thomas Graboys, M.D., and 
Michael Alexander. Dr. Graboys and his wife spoke with 
the Lasell community about his Parkinson's disease and 
how they cope as a family. His book, "Life in the Balance,' 
was available for purchase. 

The President of the Alumni Association, Urit Chaimovitz 
'98 bonded with the President of the Student Council, 
Amanda Miller 'og, at the River Day races. 

Sisters (bottom) Betsy Harkins Dorisca '84 and Lee Harkins 
Tran 'jg attended the Lasell College Red Sox game in June. 

Ann August Marcus '56 (standing) and her "big sister, " 
Thelma Greenberg Florin '54, got reacquainted at the 
West Palm Beach, FL Lily Tomlin event. 

Sisters Jan Parmenter Bogardus '56 and Linda Parmenter 
Goulding '64 attended the Lasell College Red Sox game in 
September. The Red Sox clinched a berth in the playoffs. 

It was a beautiful day for strolling the gardens at the Morakami 
Japanese Museum and Gardens in Delray Beach, FL. 


Lasell Leaves 

Spring 2009 

Alumni Relations 

A Five Star Volunteer Gives Back 

Bonnie Berman Wugman '72 


£ [4Y*--*- 1 1 1* m ^V^ 1 i fi 

Tireless, willing, 
and an invaluable 
member of the 
Alumni Relations 
team — Bonnie 
Berman Wugman 
'72 may not have an office on the Lasell 
campus, but she is constantly working 
behind the scenes to raise money for the 
Board of Management and to make 
Alumni events happen. 

A former Florida resident, she willingly 
took on the role of volunteer reunion 
coordinator for her 30th reunion when 
she was contacted by Alumni Relations 
Director Karen Gill. "I was very pleased 
to reconnect with Lasell since, looking 
back, attending the College was one 
of the best decisions I ever made," 
says Bonnie. 

When Bonnie and her husband moved 
back to Boston in 2002, she called 
Karen to see what she could do. "I knew 
I wanted to get involved and give back to 
the College that had given me so much. 
Karen immediately told me about the 

Board of Management (BOM) and, as 
they say, the rest is history." 

For the last two years, Bonnie has been 
the BOM's Benefits/ Special Events 
Chair and has headed up many 
fundraising efforts, including the 2008 
Natick Collection Holiday Giving Spree, 
the Celtic's tickets fundraiser, the 
Shaw's/Star Rewards program, and 
the Lasell Cookies Sale during Family, 
Friends, & Alumni Weekend. 

Bonnie also put her event planning 
skills to work and organized an evening 
with Dr. Thomas Graboys and his wife, 
Victoria Tenney Graboys '67, where they 
discussed his book, Life in the Balance. 
And, with her Florida background, 
she helped plan the alumni events 
for President Alexander's February 
Florida trip. 

"I can't thank Bonnie enough for all that 
she does," says Karen. "She's a much 
appreciated member of our team." '« 

Save the Date for Future Alumni Gatherings! 

Throughout the year, President Michael 

Alexander, and members of the Institutional 

Advancement staff will be traveling around the country to 

meet with alumni from all class years at Lasell gatherings. 

It's a chance to meet and network with other alumni in your geographic area 

while also hearing the latest information about Lasell. Please contact the 

Alumni Relations Office if you can help to provide ideas, organize an event, etc. 

The office creates and mails all invitations. 

Upcoming 2009 Alumni Events 

April 26 - Entertainer Bill Cosby and dessert reception, Englewood, NJ 

May 8 - Washington D.C. area reception and dinner 

May 15-17 - Reunion Weekend/Commencement 

July 29 - Red Sox game - Fenway Park 

August 27 - Red Sox Game - Fenway Park 

September 13 - Red Sox Game - Fenway Park 

September 16 - Golf Outing, Braebum Country Club, Newton, MA 

October 16-18 - Family, Friends, & Alumni GOLD Reunion/River Day Weekend 

Upcoming 2010 Alumni Events 

May 14-16 - Reunion Weekend/Commencement 

May 25-June 2 - Trip to Provence, France 

For more information on all events please go to the online community: 

Members of Lasell Alumni, Inc. 2008 - 2009 

President: Urit Chaimovitz '98 
Vice President: Crista Cannata '04 

(Alphabetical order) 

Jessica Anthony '98 

Patti Beck Bishop '97 

Jenn Brooks '99 

Crista Cannata '04 

Chantel Daley '05 

Nancy Curtis Grellier '49 

Jackie Paulding Hauser '50 

Caroline Knoener-Skowronek '83 

Kathy Morgan Lucey '67 

Ann Mignosa '87 

Sean McCullen '08 

Jennifer Pope 'o4/'o8 MSM 

Secretary: Joy Stewart Rice '55 

Treasurer: Nancye Van Deusen Connor '57 

Casey Rich '07 

Katie McDonough Ryan '67 

Gloria Drulie Schluntz '50 

Jenn Toscano Seibert '04 

Linda Telfer '60 

Marsha Keyes Tucker '64 

Amy Pilat Weksner '04 

Lynn Blodgett Williamson '46 

Bonnie Berman Wugman '72 

Ruth Turner Crosby '42/H'g2, Emerita 

Red Sox tickets! 

Due to the enormous popularity of 
Red Sox tickets, we have had to 
change the procedure for obtaining 
tickets. Please read this message in 
its entirety before taking action! 

Red Sox tickets available for the 2009 
season: Tickets may be purchased 
on Tuesday, June 2nd by calling 
1-866-567-4576 (Tickets-for-Charity) 
beginning at io:oo a.m. and until the 
tickets are SOLD OUT! Please note: 
Only two (2) tickets per alumnus are 
available at $64.95 each, sold on a 
first come, first serve basis, one game 
per phone call. There is a $5 donation 
per ticket included in the ticket price 
to benefit the Lasell Alumni, Inc. 
Scholarship Fund. You will be 
required to provide your name, 
address, telephone and graduation 
year, along with your credit card and 
expiration date, billing zip code and 

current e-mail address to complete 
your ticket purchase. Game dates: 
Wednesday, July 29th at 7:05 p.m vs. 
Oakland and Thursday, August 27th 
at 7:05 p.m. vs. Chicago White Sox. 
Seats are located in the right field 
box. Tickets may be picked up at 
Bertucci's Restaurant, 533 
Commonwealth Ave., in Kenmore 
Square between 5:45 and 6:45 p.m. 
on game day. 

The Alumni Relations Office will be 
selling tickets to a final game on 
Sunday, September 13, 2009 at 1:35 
p.m. vs. Tampa Bay. Seats are $35 per 
person including a $5 donation per 
ticket to benefit the Lasell Alumni, 
Inc. Scholarship Fund. Seats are 
located in the right field grand 
stand, section 10. Register at 
or call 617-243-2467. 

Members of the Alumni Board of Management for 2008-2009 


Lasell Alumni, Inc. is sponsoring a raffle of Theme Gift Baskets during 
Reunion Weekend (May 15-17, 2009) to raise funds for the Alumni 
Student Scholarship Fund. 

Baskets will be displayed after May i on the 
web site to allow folks to view them in advance. Possible baskets include: 

• Wine Basket • Cooking Basket • Sports Basket 

• Baby Basket • Movie Night Basket • Spa Basket 

• Gardening Basket • Car Care Basket 


Spring 2009 

Lasell Leaves 27 

Major Gifts and Planned Giving 

Making a College Education Possible: Celebrating Scholarships 



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Katharine Urner-Jones '83 

Special Assistant to the 
President for Leadership 

Office of Institutional Advanceme 

1844 Commonwealth Avenue 
Newton, MA 02466-2716 
(617) 243-2223 
Fax (617) 243-2383 


I hese are challenging economic times, 
and — for students — receiving a 
scholarship can be the difference that 
enables him or her to obtain a Lasell 
education. Lasell seeks to attract and keep 
star students such as Andrew and Kayla 
(see spotlights below), who are having a 
profound impact at Lasell and in the 
world beyond our campus. We respectfully 
request your help in this endeavor. 
Scholarship support, both through 
endowed funds such as those listed 
here and through student financial aid 
packages underwritten by the Annual 
Fund, help deserving students come to 
and remain at the College — no matter 
what level of need their financial 
circumstances may present. 

If you are interested in helping students 
achieve their dream of a Lasell College 
education either through a special gift to 
create an endowed scholarship in your 
name (or to honor someone else) or to a 
current use scholarship via the Annual 
Fund, please contact me. Your gift will 
open doors. '« 

Scholarship Recipients Shine 

-.--> unrounded by 
children's books in 
the America Reads 
office in Lasell's 
Center for 
Learning, Andrew 
W. Mayer '11, 
the recipient of the Virginia Thomas 
Baxter '39 Endowed Scholarship, is 
the administrative hub of the program. 
"I really created my own position," 
he smiles. "Last year I was a tutor and 
I came away from the experience with 
a lot of suggestions on how to make 
things run more smoothly." 

This year, Andrew is a Resident Assistant 
in Holt Hall on campus and he is also an 
Orientation Coordinator, a position that is 
awarded to students who can serve as role 
models for the orientation leaders and 
incoming students. In March, he traveled 
to Nicaragua on the Lasell trip. "With all 
my America Reads background, I couldn't 
have asked for more than to put my 
experience to work for the Biblioteca in 
San Juan del Sur." 

A self-proclaimed efficiency expert, 
Andrew has managed to find time to 
volunteer with the ACES college 
education program for fifth and sixth 
graders at the Boston Renaissance 
Charter School, giving the youngsters 
campus tours and explaining what a 
typical day at college is like. He also ran 
the Trick or Treat for Cans drive and the 
neighbors embraced the program. 

"Diane Austin, dean of Student 
Affairs, said to me, 'You can't major 
in extra-curricular activities,' but I'm 
not so sure," he laughs. 

"I'm enjoying every minute at Lasell," 
he continues, "but none of this 
would have been possible without 
the aid I have received from the 
Baxter scholarship." 

It's hard to keep 
up with Kayla R. 
McKenna '09, 
the recipient of 
the Jean '49 
and Cynthia '78 
Sargent Lee 

Scholarship, and it's not just because 
she's the captain and fastest female 
member of Lasell's cross country 
team. She also is involved in many 
campus activities. 

A Graphic Design major and a member 
of the Honors Program, Kayla has been 
lending her design skills to many 
groups on campus. Long interested in 
the College's Green Campus Initiative, 
she created its logo and the recycling 
posters that are displayed in every 
building. She has also worked for 
Institutional Advancement for four 
years and is responsible for many of the 
eye-catching brochures, invitations, and 
postcards that are mailed by the office. 

For her senior thesis and Honors 
component, Kayla is very excited about 

Selected Lasell Scholarships and 2008-2009 Recipients 

With Gratitude from Lasell College and the Past, Current, 
and Future Student Recipients 

Florence Adams Scholarship 

Sarah M. Turnage '11 

Joan Weiler Arnow '49 and 
Robert H. Arnow Scholarship 

Emilie B. Boucher '11 
Ariella Harrington '10 
Robert H. Hansen '09 

Virginia Thomas Baxter '39 Endowed Scholarship 

Andrew W Mayer '11 

Emma Gilbert Carver '45 Scholarship 

Stephen Vanderwerken '09 

Eleanor T. and Alfred C. Edwards Scholarship 

Stephanie Ballou '11 

Max M. and Marian M. Farash Scholarship 

Michael P. Ansaldi '10 

Celia C. Foss '34 Scholarship 

Jessica E. Kuczwara '10 

Jason Georgilas Scholarship 

Andrea D. Ajila 'n 

Sylvia Goodman Scholarship 

Nathan M. Asdourian '09 

Elizabeth Groth Johnsen '45 Endowed Scholarship 

Jessica M. Zabchuk '11 

Claire Kay Memorial Scholarship 

Jessica L Handy '10 

The Eleanor C. Kiefer Endowed Scholarship 

Amanda N. Corey '09 

Cornelia Hemingway Killam '22 Scholarship 

Kristen A. Augenfeld '10 

The Dr. and Mrs. Bernard Lederman Endowed Scholarship 

Lauren E. McCormack 'n 

Jean '49 and Cynthia '78 Sargent Lee Endowed Scholarship 

Kayla R. McKenna '09 

Marjorie MacClymon '32 Scholarship 

Mathew A. Stambler '09 

Jo-Ann Vojir Massey '51 and 

Anna A. Vojir Endowed Scholarship 

Erich O. Schiebel '09 

The Mary McNamara '56 and Antoinette Ruinen '56 
Fund for International Students or Studies 

Nara L. Paz '09 

Sebastian F. Mignosa Scholarship 

Chelsea F. Ferreira '11 

Constance W. Milner Scholarship 

Matt S. Young '11 

Eileen Ruth Moses '78 Scholarship 

Amanda R. Major '10 

John O. and Celia Kinsley Percival '34 
Endowed Scholarship 

Joshua P. Montinieri '09 

Rosalie Brightman Rosen '27 Scholarship 

Kali A. Smith '09 

William E. Schrafft and Bertha E. Schrafft 
Memorial Scholarship 

Ashley D. Murphy '10 
Jessica C. West 'n 
Samantha M. Rivas 'n 
Joanna M. Orlando '10 
Bosudeb D. Majumber 'll 

Elisse Allinson Share '65 and Jennifer A. Share '98 Scholarship 

Carla M. Pantuosco '09 

Lucy Johnston Sypher Scholarship 

Loren E. Grimes '09 

Betty Culver Thomson '48 Endowed Scholarship 

Ashlyn D. Chesney '09 

Molly E. Upham '35 Scholarship 

Amanda M. Diotte '09 
Lauren K. Ennis '11 
Erica A. Desautels '09 

The Ward-de Witt Presidential Endowed Scholarship 

Hitomi Tajima '11 

Joan Howe Weber '51 Endowed Scholarship 

Danielle de Marquez '09 

Harriet Markham Wedeman '48 Endowed Scholarship 

Lauren Tousignant '09 

Richard A. Winslow Scholarship 

Laura C. Walters '10 

Priscilla Alden Wolfe '19 Scholarship 

Timothy P. Jutras '09 

an animation sequence she is creating, 
using her design skills. "I am 
interviewing children from the ages of 
four to eight, asking them philosophical 
questions, such as "What do you think 
love is?" and "How did the Earth 
begin?" I am then going to illustrate 
their answers and create a 10 minute 
animation piece that will run at the 
May Connected Learning Symposium. 

In January 2007, Kayla traveled to 
Mexico with the College's Shoulder to 
Shoulder program and was deeply 
affected by the poverty she witnessed. 
She returned to Central America with 

Lasell's Nicaragua program in March in 
order to work closely with the children 
who so desperately want to learn how 
to read. 

"I feel so lucky to have been at Lasell 
for four years and I'm so appreciative of 
the funds that I've received through the 
Lee scholarship," says Kayla. "I think 
what I am going to miss most are my 
professors. They want you to excel and 
they have made it possible for me to be 
involved in so much. They are always 
willing to go one step beyond — their 
support has made everything possible 
for me." r 


Lasell Leaves 

Spring 2009 

Major Gifts and Planned Giving 

"Passion, Design, Performance: The Art of Italian Design" 

Donors Dine Surrounded by All Things Italian 

Ask anyone who attended this year's 
Leadership Donor Recognition Dinner 
on October, 27, 2008 and they will tell 
you that the experience felt like they 
were transported back in time. The 
setting was extraordinary — a carriage 
house constructed in 1888 resembling 
the French chateau "Chateau de 
Chaumont-Sur-Loire." Guests were 
surrounded by exotic Italian sports 
cars — Ferraris, Lamborghinis, and 
Maseratis, many of them antiques. And 
to make it even more exciting, everyone 
was treated to an exhibit of Italian 
fashion designs from the Lasell College 
Historic Clothing Collection, including 
pieces by world-renowned designer Leo 
Narducci. So, could it get any better 
than that? Yes. Leo Narducci, president 
of Narducci Designs was in attendance 
and spoke briefly to the crowd of 120 
guests. And the highlight of the evening 
was a fashion show featuring collections 
from current Lasell fashion design 
students and alumni. 

It may have felt like France or Italy, but 
in reality guests were in Brookline, 
Massachusetts at the Larz Anderson 
Auto Museum. The museum, a local 
treasure, grew out of a tradition by 
wealthy socialites Larz and Isabel 
Anderson who opened the doors to 
their spectacular carriage house on 
Sunday afternoons to share their 
collection of antique American and 

Planned Giving 

Adelaide Shaffer Van Winkle '^6/H'g6 
has a Lasell president on each arm. 

European vehicles with the public. The 
Andersons purchased a new car nearly 
every year, acquiring 32 brand new 
motorcars during their lives — many 
of them now on display. The exhibit, 
"Passion, Design, Performance: The Art 
of Italian Design," which will run 
through April 2009, was orchestrated 
by Anne Vallely, a member of Lasell's 
fashion faculty. Newly appointed Chair 
of the Fashion Department, Mary 
Ruppert-Stroescu, and President 
Michael Alexander welcomed guests 
and introduced the program. Students 
and alumni were involved in planning 
the event, showcasing their fashion 
collections, and even modeling the 
clothing. It was "connected learning" 
at its best. 

Bequests: Leaving a Legacy 

Vv e are pleased to continue our 
series of bequest donor profiles in this 
edition of Leaves. These are thoughtful 
individuals who chose to support 
Lasell by making a provision in their 
will or trust to support the College at 
their death. They loved their alma 
mater and believed in its future. 
We are grateful for their foresight 
and generosity. 

Jean Sargent Lee '49, our featured 
donor, bequeathed $65,000 to Lasell. 
We hope she inspires you to consider 
bequest support as part of your 
philanthropic planning. For more 
information or to request a bequest 
language handout, please call or 

Jean Sargent Lee '49 

here is something to be said for 
someone who gives generously of their 
time and money to an organization 
during their lifetime. It is even more 
extraordinary when someone thinks 
ahead and includes that institution in 
their estate plans — allowing them to 
give back even after they have passed 

Dean for Institutional Advancement Ruth Shuman addresses the evening's guests at the Larz 
Anderson Auto Museum. Behind her is the bright red Michael Schumacher Imola winning 
Formula 1 Ferrari racer, one of the many spectacular cars that surrounded the diners. 

The annual Leadership Donor 
Recognition Dinner is the College's 
way to thank donors of $1000 or more 
to the Annual Fund for their generosity 
and support of Lasell. It will be hard 
to "top" this event next year, but if you 
want to be on the invitation list next fall, 
please consider a leadership level gift to 
the 2009 Annual Fund. 

Dwight and Jo-Ann Vojir Massey '51 take a 
moment to look at a coat created by Casey 
Rich 'oj. 

away. Jean Sargent Lee, Class of 1949, 
exemplifies this characterization. 

Jean loved Lasell College and 
demonstrated her passion for her 
alma mater in many ways. As a student, 
Jean was an athlete, playing hockey and 
a member of the crew team. She also 
served as an assistant editor of News, 
and she was a member of the staff of 
the '49 yearbook, The Lamp. 

Jean was a consistent Annual Fund 
donor, joined the Board of Overseers 
in 1995, the Board of Trustees in 1996, 
and in 1997 established an endowed 
scholarship in her name and her 
daughter Cynthia's name (Class of 
1978). During the Lasell 150 Campaign 
Jean served as the Co-Chair of the 
Campaign Steering Committee, 
and later chaired the Institutional 
Advancement Committee of the Board. 

At that time, Jean and her husband Bob 
gave a generous gift and the Sargent 
Classroom, in the renovated Winslow 
Academic Center, was named in her 
honor. She also gave a gift to restore 
one of the historic war canoes. 

When Lasell needed Jean, she was there 
ready and willing to help in any way 
that she could. Jean died in August of 
2007 and this January a letter arrived 
from Jean's son Peter telling us that 
Lasell was named in her Trust. He 
stated that his dad, Robert, had 
disclaimed his interest in the income 
benefit, and that we would be receiving 
a $65,000 distribution. The check 
arrived shortly thereafter. Now Jean's 
legacy will live on at Lasell and will 
inspire many future generations of 
students and alumni. 

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Message from Haegan Forrest: 

Director of Annual Giving 


Annual Fund Office 

1844 Commonwealth Ave. 
Newton, MA 02466-2716 
(617) 243-2165 
Fax: (617) 243-2383 

I am thrilled and excited as I join the 
Lasell community as the new Director 
of Annual Giving. It is an honor to have 
this opportunity and to be a part of the 
Institutional Advancement team that is 
clearly committed to the growth and 
success of Lasell College. As I look 
ahead, I am energized by the strengths 
of Lasell and poised to tackle the 
challenges we face! 

I began my work as a fundraiser at 
Northfield Mt. Hermon School in 
1998 as the Director of Young Alumni 
Programs. Since then I've served as 
Director of Annual Giving and then as 


Director of Development at independent 
private schools in the Greater Boston 
area. It gives me great joy and personal 
satisfaction to help strengthen the 
institutions for which I have worked. 
Building a culture of philanthropy is a 
priority for me, as it provides our 
society with a deeply meaningful way to 
make a difference in each other's lives. 
Through high school and my years at 
Wheaton College in Norton, MA, I was 
the beneficiary of scholarship funds that 
made possible an education that was 
otherwise unattainable. For that I am 
extremely grateful and feel compelled 
to return the favor through my 
professional work. Today's students at 
Lasell benefit from the same kind of 
donor support each one of us received 
during our college years, be it through 
scholarship funds, enhanced campus 
technologies, better library resources or 
improved classroom facilities. I am 
excited by the role I will play in securing 
this support for Lasell, the students, and 
members of the faculty. 

My goals are simple but critically 
important. First, I look forward to 
getting to know as many members of 
the Lasell community as possible. The 
personal connections and stories people 
have about their years in school are 
what I enjoy most about this work. 
The history and the people bring a 
place alive and provide a richness and 
depth of experience for today's students. 
Second, I hope to build the annual 
giving program through increased 
volunteerism and expanding the 
participation of all friends and alumni 
of Lasell. Bolstered by the affinity that 


Trustee Adelaide Shaffer Van Winkle '36/H'96 is 
challenging you: she will match every new 
and increased gift of at least $100. 

We only receive the match with new and 
increased gifts; please give generously. 
Let's not leave any money on the table! 

All gifts will help Lasell reach the Annual Fund goal. 
Make your gift at 



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alumni and friends have for Lasell 
College, we can achieve great new 
heights and successes for the Lasell 
College Annual Fund. The 2007 
Strategic Plan, Vision 2012, calls for 
the Annual Fund to surpass Simillion 
dollars by the fall of 2012. Together 
we can achieve this tremendously 
important benchmark for Lasell, 
thus strengthening the program, 
the education students receive, and 
the value your alma mater imparts on 
the world today. 

This year the Annual Fund goal is 
$750,000. These funds make possible 
the excellent education Lasell students 
receive each year. I am pleased to report 
that pledges and gifts currently stand 
at $603,000, with three months until 
the effort closes on June 30. The Lasell 
Annual Fund Giving Challenge has 
heightened our excitement over the 
progress of the Annual Fund this year. 
The Challenge, generously donated by 
Trustee Adelaide Shaffer Van Winkle 
'36/H'96, provides every donor a dollar 
for dollar match of all new or increased 

gifts of at least $100. As a member of 
the Lasell family, I hope you will 
consider supporting Lasell this year, 
and participating in the challenge, if 
you have not already done so. Strong 
families need the support of each 
member to stay strong. 

Thank you for your support and for 
your warm welcome to Lasell. I look 
forward to meeting the members of the 
Lasell family. It is my sincere hope that 
my work at Lasell will make a difference 
in the lives of the students today and for 
those yet to attend Lasell. As Maya 
Angelou said, "I've learned that you 
shouldn't go through life with a catcher's 
mitt on both hands. You need to be able to 
throw something back. " I hope you will 
join me in "throwing something back" 
to Lasell College. *' 

Haegan Forrest 

Director of Annual Giving 

Competition Held to Kick Start Donations 

Class Gift Challenge 

They are off and running — the 
competition is underway to see which 
class can raise the most money for 
their class gift. In past years, only the 
Seniors were involved in raising funds 
for their gift, but this year, in order to 
begin building class spirit early and to 
create momentum, a fundraising 
competition was held for all classes. 

"Through the support of Student 
Activities, we kicked off the 'race' at 
the Student Activities Fair," says 
Jan-Marie Murray, assistant director 

of Annual Giving. "The classes each 
had their own table and handed out 
baggies of M & M's in their class 
colors, personalized with a message 
about the challenge. The competition 
lasted for a month and class 
committees and Phonathon callers 
from each class solicited their fellow 
classmates for gifts." 

Congratulations go to the Class 
of 2010, who had the highest 
participation rate. 

Members of the Class of 2011 man their fundraising table at the Student Activities Fair. 

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Spring 2009 

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Message from the Athletic Director 

Lasers Enhance Athletic Program with New Website and Mascot! 

Office of Athletics 

1844 Commonwealth Avenue 
Newton, MA 02466-2716 
(617) 243-2147 
fax (617) 243-2037 

This spring, the Athletic Department 
has added two new exciting aspects to its 
program. Lasell College has partnered 
with Preston Sports to create an exciting 
new look for the Lasers on the web. 
Sports Information Director Janice 
Coppolino has been working with Presto 
Sports since November in preparation for 
the April launch of the new home of 
Lasell College Athletics on the web: The new site will 
feature up-to-date statistics and game 
stories, team photos and videos, player 
profiles, an on-line survey, conference 
standings, a player of the week, and a 
brand new updated look for the Lasers. 
The site will be linked to 
but it will be self-standing, dedicated to 
the athletic department, and will be used 
to showcase and promote all of Lasell 
College Athletics. 

In conjunction with the new website, 
the Lasers are introducing new logos, 
word marks, and a mascot. A small 
committee on campus has been 
working for over a year on a new look 
for the Lasers. This is the first time that 
the Lasers have a mascot and the new 
marks and the mascot embody the 
attributes of the Lasers including being 
competitive, having pride, being 
determined, displaying energy, and 
being committed. The marks and the 
mascot also focus on light and the torch 
since these are key elements in the 
history of Lasell College. The mascot is 
"Boomer," a torchbearer who is carrying 
the light of the Lasers. Boomer was 
introduced to the community on March 
25th and is now representing the Lasers 
at home sporting events and at other 
events on campus. 

Boomer, the new mascot, was introduced to 
the wildly cheering students on March 25. 

These two new additions to the athletic 
department will help to increase the 
visibility of the program both on and 
off campus. 

Kristy Walter 
Athletic Director 

Men's Soccer 

Overall Record: 9-1-0 
Conference Record: 12-8-0 

1 1 was an outstanding season for the 
Lasers, who finished second in the 
GNAC and traveled to the ECAC 
Championship tournament for the 
second time in the program's history. 
The team also finished ranking 15th in 
the nation for scoring offense, having 
scored 60 goals in 20 games. 

Lasell produced seven shutouts this 
season, five of which were solo shutouts 
by goalkeeper Julian Dutton '10, who 
was placed on the GNAC Honor Roll 
four times. Brandon Hanss '10 
anchored the Laser defense and Paul 
Meucci '10, Rocco Mazzaferro '12, and 
Sean Fisher 'n were also skillful and 
determined in the back field. 

Senior captain Zach Gagne finished the 
year as the all-time career leader in 

Kuol Acuek 'og sets up a play- 
points, ending with 121. He and Kuol 
Aceuk '09, who has been an impact 
player in the midfield for the past four 
seasons, will both be much missed 
next year. '«' 

Women's Volleyball 

Overall Record: 9-20 
Conference Record: 5-8 

I he Lasers went on a winning streak 
midway through the season, highlighted 
by being victorious in a five set match 
over a strong Rhode Island College 
squad, and then beating three GNAC 
teams. They finished as the eighth seed 
in the GNAC tournament, but they were 
matched against the number one, Rivier 
College, and were unable to advance. 

Junior Captain Amanda Major was the 
leader in digs for the season, for a total 
of 1,754 in her career so far, which is a 
record in Lasell women's volleyball 
history. Also setting a Lasell record was 
Senior Co-captain Kelsey Schmidt, with 
a career total of 232 blocks and she lead 
the team in kills this season. Fellow 
Senior Co-captain Nicole Wetterman 

Women's Soccer 

Overall Record: 10-6-2 
Conference Record: 7-3-2 

I he team had a very positive 2008 
season, playing with composure and 
drive all fall. They earned a spot in the 
post-season GNAC tournament and also 
secured a berth as the eighth seed in the 
ECAC Championship Tournament — a 
first in the program's history. 

The Lasers will only be losing two 
senior athletes: Ashlinn O'Brien and 
goal keeper Jamie Remmers, who 
posted three solo shut outs. Remmers 
was ably backed up by Elizabeth Stickey 
'12 who lead the team with saves, with a 
total of 89, and was ranked 15th in the 
nation in NCAA Division III in save 
percentage (.890). 

Junior Captain Alaina Mitrano and 
Jordynn Frollo '12 were the leading 
defenders all season, while also 

Ashley Lambert '10 at full tilt. 

producing opportunities for Lasell's 
offensive attack. Midfielder Alyssa 
Ferreri '10 was first on the team in 
points, with 14 overall. The young team 
has high hopes for the future. 9. 

did not end up far behind Schmidt 
in final numbers and newcomers 
Megan Crozier '12 and Danielle 
Drapeau '12 made an immediate 
impact on the team. 

The Lasers have a young squad that 
gained valuable experience in 2008. * 

Amanda Major '10 leaps for the ball. 

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Men's Basketball 

Women's Basketball 

Overall Record: 18-9 
Conference Record: 14-4 

It was a thrilling year for the Lasers, 
who finished first in the GNAC regular 
season. In the semi-final of the 
championship tournament they fell 
to the Emmanuel College Saints in a 
double-overtime thriller. Their season 
could have ended there but they 
were selected as the first seed in the 
ECAC New England Championship, 
where they unfortunately fell to 
Becker College. 

Senior forward Jose Guitian had an 
unbelievable season, surpassing the 
1,500 point and 1,000 rebound mark, 
and being selected the GNAC Player of 
the Year. Fellow Senior and Co-captain 
Brad Caravoulias was one of the top 
three-point shooters in the conference 

Jose Guitian 'og moves down the court. 

as well as in the nation. He scored his 
1,000th point this season and stands 
fourth in Lasell's all-time scoring leaders. 
Freshman forward Javon Williams also 
had a great year and the squad is looking 
ahead to another successful season. «' 

Overall Record: 7-18 
Conference Record: 4-8 

I his year's squad had a lot of heart, as 
exemplified by their final game against 
Norwich University, which went into 
an overtime with 15 ties and 16 lead 
changes. Senior Co-captains Shauna 
Kelly and Katie Schumitz led the way 
for the Lasers in this final home contest 
and Kelly was selected to the GNAC All- 
Conference Third Team for the season. 
She recorded four double-doubles this 
year and finished 22 games in double 
figures for scoring, which ranked her 
third for scoring in the GNAC. 

Tricia Culver '10 played well all season 
and was second on the team in points 
and rebounds. Katie Farr 'n led from 
the point guard position and freshmen 

Field Hockey 

Overall Record: 7- 11 
Conference Record: 2-5 

I he first year Head Coach Marushka 
Eddy and her squad made it to the 
quarterfinals of the NAC field hockey 
tournament, but unfortunately lost to 
Husson College. 

The Lasers were led by Junior Captain 
Caitlyn Walker, who posted a total of 43 
points and who, in the game against 

Elms College, set the record for goals 
scored in a game (six). Other team 
members who made their mark were 
Meagan Deandrade '10, who was second 
in total points, and Christine Thornton 
'12, who filled the role of goalkeeper 
with distinction. 

Lasell will graduate three players from 
their 2008 roster: Cara Hulse, Amanda 
Miller, and Co-captain Stephanie 
Jansen. All three had great careers and 

were key contributors throughout their 
years at the College. The future looks 
very bright for the Lasers, who will have 
nine out of 11 starters returning, as well 
as a very deep bench. * 

Men and Women's Cross Country 

Overall Record: 8-11 
Conference Record: 5-5 

Both the men's and women's teams 
had some truly exciting performances 
this season. Highlights included six 
Lasers setting career personal bests, 
finishing fourth and fifth place as a 
team respectively in the men's and 
women's GNAC Championship race, 
and finishing the season with 11 athletes 
competing in the NCAA Regional meet. 

For the men, Senior Captain Christopher 
Johnson finished first for the Lasers 
in six of the eight races this season, 
with a season best of 28:32 at the Saints 
Invitational at Franklin Park. Zachary 
Lambert '11 and Grant Vantine '12 both 
set career personal bests during the 
last regular season race. Lambert was 
the first of the Lasers across the finish 
line at the NCAA Division III New 
England Qualifier. 

Kayla McKenna '09 was Lasell's top 
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competed in this season. Danielle 
Chiarella '09, Lauren Darrah '09, and 
Meagan McCole '11 all saw personal 
bests this year. Six women crossed the 
finish at the NCAA Regionals. $ 

Kayla McKenna 'og. 

Tricia Culver '10 is heavily guarded. 

Amanda Driscoll and Kelsey Converse 
were strong members of the team. Next 
year's season should be bright. V 

Christine Thornton '12 between the pipes. 


Spring 2009 

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